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Monday, 27 February 2012
Page: 872


Senator FEENEY (VictoriaParliamentary Secretary for Defence) (20:05): Senator Xenophon, I am happy to repeat my answer. It really is very simple. It is within the remit of the tribunal to do all of the things you have described. We have in no way constrained its powers. It may very well undertake the course of action that you are suggesting. But it is the government's view that the independence of the tribunal must be enshrined and maintained and that it must govern its own affairs. It may very well do the things that you are describing, but we are not mandating that it does.