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Wednesday, 23 October 2002
Page: 5673

Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer) (10:34 AM) —in reply—I sincerely thank all honourable senators for their contributions to this incredibly important debate on the Crimes Amendment Bill 2002. I am representing my very good comrade, friend and ministerial colleague Senator Ellison here this morning because he is involved in a very high-level meeting in relation to Bali related security issues. I know he would have very much liked to carry this bill in the Senate himself.

The Minister for Justice and Customs has asked me to make the point that this bill is a demonstration of how Australians can work very well together at very short notice in response to the Bali tragedy. It shows that in a place like the Senate—where it is often the fact that legislation gets held up and it takes ages to get it through—we can pull together when a national tragedy confronts this great nation and act expeditiously and steadfastly in response to this challenge to Australia's security. The other senators and the second reading speech that I have already incorporated make clear the importance of the fact that it will significantly improve the opportunities to help in the painstaking and, I know, painful job of identifying victims of the tragedy of 12 October 2002. The amendments will also enable the Australian officials to contribute to the very important task of seeking to identify those who were responsible for these crimes. I commend the bill to the Senate.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Hutchins)—I remind honourable senators that, under a sessional order agreed to on 20 June 2002, after the second reading I shall call the minister to move the third reading, unless any minister requires that the bill be considered in Committee of the Whole.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.