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Friday, 15 November 2002
Page: 6533

Senator ABETZ (Special Minister of State) (2:32 PM) —In response to Senator Murray, I suppose I would not be allowed to answer his statement in relation to the judiciary, in the affirmative, anyway, under standing orders—not that I would. I suggest to him that, by implication, it is being suggested that the Director of Public Prosecutions is a nitwit because, in exercising prosecutorial discretion, he would not exercise those matters that normally would exercise his or her mind in determining whether something ought to be prosecuted. I think we would all agree that, were the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions faced with a mum buying groceries for her kids, he would not run into court seeking to prosecute—because I think that no judge or jury would ever prosecute such a case.

Senator Murray —Point taken.

Senator ABETZ —Senator Murray very kindly interjects and says, `Point taken.' As a result, I will resume my seat—but of course it will not change their vote.