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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7608


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (8:02 PM) —I move opposition amendment (2) on sheet 2764:

(2) Schedule 1, item 8, page 4 (after line 14), before the definition of terrorism offence, insert:

terrorist act has the same meaning as in Part 5.3 of the Criminal Code.

This is what I would describe as a minor technical amendment. I do not entirely understand why it has not been proposed by the government. Perhaps the minister can explain that to us. It is a minor amendment. Effectively, what it does is insert into the ASIO bill the definition of a terrorist act that now appears in the Criminal Code. This particular definition was included in the Criminal Code as a result of the antiterrorism legislation passed in this chamber in June of this year. I think this amendment, albeit a minor one, is an important one and it stands on its merits. I believe that the Senate has indicated its will previously in relation to the substantive terms of the definition. I commend the amendment to the committee.