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Thursday, 28 March 1985
Page: 1007

Senator MISSEN(6.17) —I wish to raise one other matter. The Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans) said that in that regard we are dependent upon the terms of reference, so that the conditions referred to in the second reading speech are incorporated. I can understand the first two. As to the third condition, the Minister said in his speech:

New South Wales will establish terms of reference for Stewart J. similar to the Commonwealth terms, but in respect of State offences. The proposed Commonwealth terms of reference have been discussed with the New South Wales Government and its officials.

We may know the terms of reference put forward by the Commonwealth Government but we do not know what the similar terms are.

Senator Gareth Evans —'Similar' means same. It is a more accurate English word.

Senator MISSEN —With great respect to the Minister, 'similar' does not mean 'same'; it means similar. It means that they are of a like. But they may be different and they may vary with some other exceptions and exemptions. We do not know and we have no control here over the terms of reference given by the New South Wales Government in respect of--

Honourable senators interjecting-

Senator MISSEN —I would not mind having some say in this. I thought I had the call. We have no control over State offences. We do not know whether those terms of reference will be satisfactory in any way. I ask the Minister to tell us how the police officers can be satisfied that they will not be caught up in State offences which are not matters for which the Attorney-General is responsible to this Parliament.