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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7617

Senator GREIG (8:45 PM) —Chair, before you put the question, can I ask the minister to clarify something. Minister, as I heard it—and please correct me if I am wrong—you ruled out the possibility of warrants under this legislation being issued by telephone but not necessarily by fax. As I heard you, a signature is required—and that could be done by fax—but the conveyancing, the interpersonal interaction, is done by alerting that person to being present at the receipt of the fax. Does that mean that a warrant can be issued by fax? My understanding is that a faxed signature is legally recognised for contract purposes.