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Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Page: 84


Senator SCULLION (Minister for Community Services) (7:40 PM) —I am advised that these powers will be used to protect Indigenous children and I am not suggesting that anything else in your submission would occur. As I understand it, the powers provided to the Crime Commission would be for the purpose of looking at perpetrators. I am advised that the perpetrators are not divided into any block of ethnicity by intent. The powers that the commission have been provided with under this legislation would provide them with the power to investigate perpetrators, whether the perpetrators were white or otherwise.