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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4033

(Question No. 4600)

Mr Reith asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 18 September 1986:

Is the Constitutional Commission now examining the need for a Bill of Rights to be incorporated in the Constitution; if so, (a) when will that examination be completed and (b) has the Government considered such a proposal.

Mr Lionel Bowen —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Constitutional Commission has an Advisory Committee on Individual and Democratic Rights under the Constitution, which is examining what guarantees and protections of individual rights, if any, should be included in the Constitution.

(a) Under its terms of reference, the Constitutional Commission is to report by 30 June 1988. The Commission has asked each of its Advisory Committees to report to it by the end of April 1987.

(b) The Government is awaiting the report of the Commission before giving detailed consideration to any change to the Constitution.