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Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Page: 309

Mr BRENDAN O’CONNOR (Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Justice and Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information) (12:02 PM) —I thank the honourable members who contributed to this debate on the Law and Justice Legislation Amendment (Identity Crimes and Other Measures) Bill 2010 [2011]. The member for Canberra, who has just spoken, has outlined that there are, indeed, three new identity crime offences enclosed in this bill. I also thank the members for Stirling, Fowler, Moncrieff, Mitchell and La Trobe for their contributions.

This is an important bill. It is a response by the government in order to improve the way in which law enforcement agencies can deal with these serious crimes. The bill, as I have said earlier, contains three new identity crime offences and other amendments that will improve the operation of a range of Commonwealth agencies. This bill is part of Australia’s response in combating identity crime. It will enhance the ability of Commonwealth agencies to perform their functions. For that reason I commend the bill to the House.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

Ordered that the bill be reported to the House without amendment.