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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7609


Senator NETTLE (8:06 PM) —I rise to indicate the position of the Australian Greens on this amendment. We will be able to support this amendment that mirrors the amendment put forward by the Australian Labor Party at the time of the previous antiterrorism bills, which also referred to the term `terrorist act'. We did not support those bills as they went through and we continue not to support these bills. We recognise, as do Senator Greig and the Democrats, the need for consistency with the previous legislation. With regard to the comment made by the minister that this definition relates to another amendment to be moved by the Australian Labor Party on a questioning regime, we will have more opportunity to talk about that at the appropriate time when we get to that amendment. Whilst not wholeheartedly supporting the questioning regime put forward by the opposition— and we will get onto that later—we recognise that it is an improvement on the government's compulsory detention regime. We will be in a position to support this amendment and, this amendment being consequential to an upcoming Labor Party amendment, we will also be in a position to support that amendment.