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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7617

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (8:43 PM) —Again, Senator Bolkus is confusing his legislation. Section 3R of the Crimes Act 1914 states:

(1) A constable may make an application to an issuing officer for a warrant by telephone ...

That is how it happens—because that legislation says that you can do it by telephone. Where it does not say that you can do it by telephone, you cannot. What this bill says is that it has got to be material provided by the director-general, and that is how you get the situation under other legislation that Senator Bolkus has mentioned of its being done by telephone because it says that. Here it does not. Here it makes it very clear. There is no issue of telephone warrants.