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Monday, 20 September 1999
Page: 8404


Senator VANSTONE (Justice and Customs) (4:48 PM) —I do not want to prolong the debate, but I would like to clarify the government's position here. We believe that there would be an advantage to litigants with a `costs following the event' rule. We accept the advice of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, which has not been known to be a commission that goes to supporting some mechanism that is going to badger disability groups in an unfair way. Nor, for that matter, is the Law Council of Australia known to be a body that is keen to disadvantage disability groups at all. I understand that there is a difference of opinion as to how these two proposals will work, but I wish to underline that the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Law Council of Australia support the government in its position with respect to costs.