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Thursday, 24 March 1994
Page: 2282


Senator BOLKUS (Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (8.19 p.m.) —The government opposes this amendment from the Democrats. We maintain that what we achieve through the proposed section 3H, which requires the police to make a copy of the search warrant available to the occupier, together with the undertaking the government has given to detail in the warrant the points raised by Senator Spindler in his amendment 3HA(2), gives a clear understanding to not just those against whom the warrant is issued but also the occupier.

  Senator Spindler must recognise that in his list of details to be given he refers to the fact that the warrant to be directed to the occupier should contain a clear statement of the occupier's rights under this part. My understanding is that the warrant that will be issued in any event would also make reference to the occupier's rights. So we see a duplication of what we are proposing. In other words, the warrant itself, as proposed under 3H, would also have a part of it which will make a clear statement of the occupier's rights under this part.