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Wednesday, 4 May 1994
Page: 163

Senator SPINDLER (11.14 a.m.) —I thank the minister for his comments. There is one point that I cannot let him get away with, and that is the spectre of delays of three, four or five years. I draw the minister's attention to the fact that we have imposed strict time limits—a matter of seven days—for the exercise of appeal rights because we are concerned that the essential purpose of this legislation, which we are supporting, should not be frustrated. But a balance must be struck between expediting a process of that type and ensuring that basic legal rights of individuals are not trampled underfoot under the guise of administrative expediency and speed. We believe that by the government not supporting this amendment this balance is not being struck adequately.