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Thursday, 5 December 2002
Page: 7243

Senator HARRADINE (10:29 AM) —I raise with the minister that no example has been given. The minister said that these matters will be attended to and be able to be remedied after three years—that is, after the review. Is it then a fact that the licensing committee will not issue a licence for a greater period of time than three years? If this question of commercial-in-confidence is such an important one—and it is—and if the minister says that this whole issue can be dealt with at the end of the three years, clearly the licensing committee should not issue licences beyond three years. Otherwise, as Senator Brown said—and I do not know whether he said it would be putting the cart before the horse— if a licence is given for a greater period than three years, the review cannot be operative in respect of that particular licence.