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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 77


Senator LEES (Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats) (6.44 p.m.) —I move:

2.Proposed subsection 8S(1) omit "has been or is being committed", substitute "is being committed, or has been committed within the previous 60 days,".

Our amendment is very similar but has that provision for 60 days. In other words, if the Health Commission has information that there has been a series of fraudulent dealings or fraudulent use of equipment, or whatever, then that has to be acted on within 60 days; it cannot be limitless. Effectively, the coalition amendment meant that only specific current offences—virtually ones which were being committed at that time—could have been investigated. I believe this gives the flexibility that is needed to make this legislation fair.

  Amendment (Senator Lees') agreed to.