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Friday, 3 April 1987
Page: 1829


Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Resources and Energy)(11.14) —There is nothing more to say. The Government has taken on board the response of the Committee. No new point has been raised or drawn to the Government's attention. Accordingly, I shall decline, with as much grace as I can muster in the circumstances, Senator Newman's invitation to refer the matter back to the Government. We have looked at it and made a decision and we want the Bill to proceed on the basis that I have indicated. We do not believe that there are any clauses in this Bill that are destructive of liberty in any of the exotic senses that Senator Newman mentioned. Under those circumstances, there is nothing more to be added to the debate on this clause as far as we are concerned.