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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7679


Senator BROWN (10:06 AM) —I must again note for the Hansard record that the minister is glued to his seat. It is very important that the minister take part in this debate. Is this a sign of things to come that the government is going to absolutely refuse to defend its position on these highly important matters of freedom and the democratic process? It is absolutely essential that the minister respond on these matters—that he respond to what Senator Nettle has had to say and then respond to what I have had to say, which includes the concern there is in the profession of journalism about the excesses of this legislation.