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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7613


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (8:25 PM) —With respect, Minister, I am not suggesting or asking that the use of these provisions be ruled out at some point in the future. I do not think any sensible person would rule that matter out. As I have indicated, we do have evidence from ASIO itself of the number of occasions when such provisions may be used. Let us nail it down. I am happy to take at face value what you say, drawn from your own experience in the Western Australian bar, about the pool of eligible retired judges being small. But are you able to say to the committee, drawing on your experience in the Western Australian bar, how small that pool is, and what are the implications?