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Tuesday, 19 November 2002
Page: 6754


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (4:51 PM) —The government will be supporting Democrat amendments (1) and (R3). These, as outlined by both Senators Greig and Ludwig, do provide further transparency. Democrat amendment (1) amends section 59 so that there are no limitations on the information that may be requested by the Commonwealth minister. This is necessary to ensure that the minister will have access to sufficient information to determine whether sensitive information should be disclosed to the IGC and the PJC and whether it is consistent with the Commonwealth minister's responsibility for the Australian Crime Commission. It also reflects the current practice. Amendment (R3) is an amendment consequential on this. I can see there is merit in these amendments. I take on board the comments made by Senators Greig and Ludwig and concur with them.

Question agreed to.