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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2321


Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Attorney-General)(5.10) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill was first introduced on 22 October 1986. The Bill is now being re-introduced in a significantly amended form. The Bill now amends various Commonwealth Acts as a consequence of provisions in the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 1987. The Bill amends the Director of Public Prosecutions Act to enable the Director to appear and grant indemnities in proceedings under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987. The Bill repeals provisions in the Australian extradition legislation in relation to the taking of evidence for the purposes of criminal proceedings overseas since the substance of those provisions is now included in the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 1987.

In addition, the Bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to make provision for the entry into Australia and departure of persons who are non-citizens whose presence is required for purposes connected with the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987. The amendments to the Migration Act also enable deportation of such persons who remain in Australia longer than permitted for purposes connected with the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 1987 and who have not acquired an entry permit or become an Australian citizen. The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 is amended so that persons permitted to enter Australia for purposes connected with the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill 1987 shall not be able to take advantage of their presence in Australia for the purposes of applying for Australian citizenship. I commend the Bill to the House and present the explanatory memorandum.

Debate (on motion by Mr Spender) adjourned.