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Monday, 9 May 1994
Page: 454


Senator LEES (Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats) (6.00 p.m.) —I move:

6.After clause 11, page 18, insert the following new clause in Part 3:

Annual report to contain search warrant statistics etc

"11A. Section 42 of the Principal Act is amended by inserting the following subsection after subsection (3):

`(3A) The Commission must include in its report under subsection (1), for the year ending on 30 June 1994, and in each subsequent report under that subsection, the number of:

(a)signed instruments made under section 8L; and

      (b)notices in writing given under section 8N; and

(c)notices in writing given to individual patients under section 8N; and

      (d)premises entered under section 8S; and

      (e)occasions when powers were used under section 8T; and

      (f)search warrants issued under section 8W; and

      (g)search warrants issued by telephone or other electronic means under section 8X; and

      (h)patients advised in writing under section 8ZIA; ...'

I acknowledge that the minister has given a verbal undertaking. I cannot understand why, if the government is serious about this, it is not prepared to go that extra step to make sure it is actually in legislation.