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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7626


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (9:44 PM) —I rise to put on record that the government opposes these opposition amendments. It does so firmly on the basis that this is unworkable and for the reasons I have outlined previously. I do not want to cover the same ground again, but what you are looking at is finding a judge who is under 72, who has been 10 years in superior court jurisdiction and who is willing to take on the job. I have mentioned before the problems that the government sees with this and that it is unworkable.

There are a number of issues that the government oppose strongly in this debate. We are not dividing because of the time constraints on us. I indicate to the Senate that we would have divided in other circumstances, and I say that as an indication of the strength of the government's opposition to these amendments.