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Tuesday, 22 October 2002
Page: 5586


Senator GREIG (2:49 PM) —My question is to the Minister representing the Attorney-General, Senator Ellison. Given that nominations for judicial appointments to the International Criminal Court close on 30 November this year and that to date no Australian judge has yet been nominated to serve on the ICC, can he inform the Senate as to whether the government proposes to nominate any Australian judge to serve on the ICC?


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) —I did discuss this a little while ago with the Attorney-General. I do not have an update on that and I will seek that information from him and advise Senator Greig.


Senator GREIG —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Could the minister come back to the Senate and acquaint us with the knowledge, if it exists, as to whether so much as a short list was devised and discussed and, if so, when?


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) —Again, I will take that up with the Attorney-General. I do understand there were discussions with some other countries that have signed the covenant involved and there was some discussion between them and Australia in relation to who might be put forward. I will get back to Senator Greg with that information.