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Monday, 15 November 2010
Page: 1235

Senator FEENEY (Parliamentary Secretary for Defence) (8:10 PM) —I am advised that, firstly, there are a significant number of safeguards in all three pathways which protect the accused and, secondly, that the reason there are three mechanisms simply reflects the fact that each terrorism case is a unique happening and each case would have, we can anticipate, an enormous number of unique and peculiar complications particular to that case. For instance, it may involve foreign jurisdictions and the need for us to work with overseas agencies and overseas governments. It may require intelligence and intelligence gathering. It may require many domestic agencies. On top of all of that, you can appreciate the fact that there will be a significant amount of domestic law and potentially international law that comes into play as well. For those reasons, three mechanisms are deemed to provide investigators with the appropriate tools they need to conduct their work, and the legislation embodies safeguards and judicial review to protect those who are accused.