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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7631


Senator BROWN (10:08 PM) —The Minister for Justice and Customs said that this ASIO legislation is designed to ensure our fundamental democratic values and freedoms. I wonder if the minister could tell the committee whether this legislation is fully consistent with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and, indeed, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international covenants to which Australia is a signatory. Could the minister say whether advice has been sought on that matter and, if so, what that advice to the government is and from whom it came?