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Tuesday, 19 November 2002
Page: 6755

Senator LUDWIG (4:53 PM) —Labor is not persuaded by the Democrat submission in respect of this amendment to proposed new section 59(2). Their amendment would delete the phrase `to the public' and replace it with `in the circumstances'. In our view the phrase `in the circumstances' does not shed sufficient light on what the outcome would be and, on balance, we consider that it is not an improvement to the clause as it currently reads. The phrase `to the public' seems to easily capture the meaning of proposed section 59(2). We are not persuaded that the phrase `in the circumstances' would add any benefit to, or improve the operation of, the provision. On the basis, we do not find favour with the amendment.