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Tuesday, 10 December 2002
Page: 7632


Senator BROWN (10:11 PM) —Chair, you may have heard the minister avoid the question, but I will put it to him again in case he did not understand it. His submission then was just read from a piece of paper—obviously prepared for the eventuality of the question which I put. But I will explore the matter a little further. Does this legislation infringe on any of our international signed obligations such as the international covenants to which we have both referred? Has the government had advice on that and, if so, what is that advice? I will now add to that: does the government read the motion of the Security Council, to which the minister has just referred, as allowing abrogation of member states from their international obligations to covenants on such things as civil and political rights?