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Wednesday, 24 August 1994
Page: 197


Senator ELLISON (12.23 p.m.) —I ask the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs a question. I note the amendment to clause 26 and the insertion of 26A dealing with the access to a criminal record where the participant gives evidence in subsequent proceedings. Where the participant is giving evidence in the case in point for which that person has been afforded protection, what means does opposing counsel have to ascertain that person's record? Is it simply the case that they ask the witness in the dock, `Have you ever been convicted of an indictable offence?' or is there some other aspect for the opposing counsel to test the record of a person?