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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7613


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (8:20 PM) —I ask the Minister for Justice and Customs whether, given that the Director-General of ASIO indicated that this regime, as proposed, would be unlikely to be used on any more than two or three occasions in a calendar year, he continues to claim that there is a concern with the lack of number of retired judges—that the pool is, to use his words, `quite small'. Can you indicate how small the pool is, Minister? Given what seems to be a very small number of occasions on which this regime is likely to be utilised, surely this does not lead to the sorts of logistical problems that you contemplate. The minister says to us that the regime that is proposed by the opposition is neither appropriate nor workable. Leaving appropriateness aside, I am trying to concentrate at the moment on its workability. Minister, are you able to provide the committee with some support for your claim in relation to a lack of workability in the areas I have raised?