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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7611


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (8:13 PM) —I too believe that these are positive amendments from the government. I indicate to the committee that they will be supported by the opposition. I might say, of course, and it is worth pointing out, that we have been told and informed that the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee hearings and their report were a complete waste of time. But here is the first example—and there will be quite a number as we deal with this committee stage debate— where the government itself picks up recommendations from the Legal and Constitutional References Committee and proposes amendments in this committee stage. But this is a step in the right direction. These are positive amendments that improve the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002 and they will have the support of the opposition.