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Friday, 5 October 1984
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Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(10.08) —I thank both Senator Durack and Senator Macklin for some calm, reasoned and intelligent-with respect, I am not being patronising-contributions to a debate which does raise sensitive and difficult questions. I acknowledge the force of the points that have been made by both honourable senators. I acknowledge some of the anomalies, as it were, in the legislation, to which Senator Durack referred, and the practical way that this might be expected to operate, to which Senator Macklin referred. However, on balance, I do not think that I am yet persuaded that those considerations outweigh what I regard as the more fundamental considerations about the need to confine, as narrowly as humanly possible, any exceptions to the principle that lawfully, but more particularly unlawfully, intercepted material ought not to be communicated. With that in mind, the Government would continue to oppose the amendments but not press that opposition to the point of division.

Amendments agreed to.