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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
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Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Resources and Energy)(6.14) —The Government will accept the deletion of clause 4. We will join with the Australian Democrats and the Liberals and in effect vote against it for the reasons that were spelled out by Senator Haines during the second reading debate. The way the clause is drafted at the moment enables a new offence, having once been created by a statutory exercise, to then be attached to the Schedule in the extradition legislation by regulation rather than by further legislation. I am persuaded by Senator Haines's arguments that since there is only a one-line change necessary to the extradition legislation when a new offence of the kind we are talking about is created there is no reason why that one-line change to the extradition legislation could not be accomplished at the same time as the legislation is being passed by the Parliament to create the new offence, whether it is for aircraft hijacking or anything else.

Senator Haines —It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Senator GARETH EVANS —It is a good idea. It is one that I think should have been accommodated earlier on, including by me when I was Attorney-General, when I think the point was first raised by the Senate Scrutiny of Bills Committee. It is not too late for any of us to learn the errors of our ways and to accept that when it is pointed out graciously to us. It has been pointed out graciously on this occasion, or it was until a moment ago before that interjection. Accordingly, the Government accepts the point that is taken and will cheerfully remove clause 4.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Remainder of Bill-by leave-taken as a whole.