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Wednesday, 30 May 1984
Page: 2109


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(10.07) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

I seek leave to have the second reading speech incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows-

This Bill provides for amendments to the Extradition (Foreign States) Act 1966. That Act regulates Australia's extradition relations with countries that are not members of the Commonwealth and with which Australia has extradition arrangements.

Most of the amendments to the London Scheme agreed to by Commonwealth Law Ministers in 1983 to which I referred in introducing the Extradition ( Commonwealth Countries) Amendment Bill 1984 are equally applicable to the legislation governing extraditions between Australia and countries which are not Commonwealth countries. They would accordingly improve the operation of the Extradition (Foreign States) Act 1966.

This Bill incorporates all the amendments proposed to the Extradition ( Commonwealth Countries) Act 1966 which are appropriate to be incorporated in the Extradition (Foreign States) Act 1966. As such the Bill will significantly improve that Act and facilitate the processing of extradition requests by and of Australia. I commend the Bill to the Senate.

Debate (on motion by Senator Reid) adjourned.