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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4827


Senator FIELDING (Leader of the Family First Party) (9:47 AM) —I seek leave to make a short statement.


The PRESIDENT —Leave is granted for two minutes.


Senator FIELDING —It is worth noting that in 2006 the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, known as ACLEI, commenced operations with the consent of parliament. ACLEI is responsible for preventing, detecting and investigating serious and systematic corruption issues in the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission and the former National Crime Authority. Other Commonwealth agencies with a law-enforcement function are able to be brought within ACLEI’s jurisdiction by regulation. I believe that it is probably best to look at Senator Brown’s motion in light of the role of ACLEI and maybe have that extended to cover some of the issues proposed by Senator Brown. I will be opposing this motion on that basis.