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EVIDENCE AMENDMENT (JOURNALISTS' PRIVILEGE) BILL 2010

Order of the day read for the consideration of the bill in committee of the whole.

In the committee

Bill, taken as a whole by leave, debated.

Senator Ludlam moved the following amendment:

 Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (line 11), omit "work", substitute "activities".

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

On the motion of Senator Ludlam the following amendments, taken together by leave, were agreed to:

 Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 13 and 14), omit "in the normal course of that person's work", substitute "is engaged and active in the publication of news".

 Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (line 17), omit "a medium", substitute "any medium".


Senator Brandis moved the following amendments together by leave:

 Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 4), before item 1, insert:

 1A Subsection 126A(1) (definition of protected confidence)

  Omit "a journalist", substitute "another person".

 1B Subsection 126A(1) (note to the definition of protected confidence)

  Repeal the note, substitute:

   Note: Communications with journalists are covered by Division 1B.

 Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 5 to 7), omit:

 Division 1A of Part 3.10

  Repeal the Division, substitute:

 

Division 1A—Journalists' privilege

  substitute:

 After Division 1A of Part 3.10

  Insert:

 

Division 1B—Journalists' privilege

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendments be agreed to—put and negatived.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Bishop) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig) the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.