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Tuesday, 15 October 2002
Page: 5118


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (2:17 PM) —My question is directed to Senator Vanstone, representing the Attorney-General. In the light of the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday that, in the wake of the tragic bombing in Bali, the government will be undertaking another review of the antiterrorism legislation, can the minister inform the Senate of the terms of reference for the review? Will an assessment be made of the adequacy of the recently passed package of five antiterrorism bills? And, if the minister is able to indicate this at this stage, who will conduct this review and what is the proposed time frame of the review?


Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —I thank the senator for his question. Senator, no, I cannot give you that information. I will get it for you as quickly as possible.


Senator FAULKNER —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. I thank the minister for doing that. As you do that, Minister, would you also be able to indicate when you come back to the Senate what mechanisms are planned in relation to the review for any public consultation?


The PRESIDENT —I assume you accede to that request, Minister?


Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —Thank you for that supplementary, Senator. Yes.