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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7609


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (8:05 PM) —The government oppose this amendment on the basis that it is related to opposition amendment (25), which purports to omit section 34F and substitute it with a new section entitled `Conduct of questioning'. We say that this amendment forms part of a wider regime—that is, that the bill should be based on a compulsory questioning regime rather than a compulsory detention regime. The term `terrorist act' is used in section 34F. Therefore this keys into that regime which is being proposed by the opposition. So it does not necessarily stand alone; it has relevance elsewhere. That is why the government oppose the opposition amendment.