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Tuesday, 5 June 1984
Page: 2553


Senator CHIPP (Leader of the Australian Democrats)(9.45) —The Democrats are pleased to support the thrust of Senator Durack's amendment, but I find it difficult to understand exactly what it would do. As I understand the position, Opposition amendment No. (8)-I shall be indebted for an explanation from either the Attorney-General or Senator Durack on this matter-removes the need for the inter-governmental committee's approval for relevant offences, and then there is the phrase, 'are or include, an offence or offences against a law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory'. That means, as I understand it, that if Senator Durack's amendment is carried, it would include an offence against State law where it was also an offence against Commonwealth law. That is my understanding, and I should like a legal mind better than mine to confirm that that is so before we proceed.