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Wednesday, 24 August 1983
Page: 241


Mr HODGMAN(11.28) —This is the last occasion on which I shall speak on this matter. I ask the Government to look very carefully in the cold light of day, tomorrow morning, at the legislation which is passed. The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (Mr West) said, and said correctly, 'we have got the numbers', but I ask him to look again at the matter and I invite him to consider very carefuly what has been said about espionage and the harbouring of spies before this Bill reaches the Senate. I am prepared to suggest that the Minister does not have the numbers necessarily in the Senate. It would be a tragedy for this nation if his Government persists in the course of action it has demonstrated tonight in refusing to make it possible for a Minister to deport a spy and people who harbour spies. Combe and Ivanov are one matter, but what the Minister is doing is putting into the law of this country something of which all Australians will be ashamed, whether he is ashamed or not.

Bill reported with amendments; report-by leave-adopted.