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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7691


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (11:17 AM) —I too am concerned that we ought not concentrate on this issue of how these prospective new laws might apply to parliamentarians. I come back to the key principle here: they ought to apply equally to everyone, whether you are a parliamentarian, whether you are a journalist, whether you have any other occupation or no occupation at all, or whether you are anyone else in the community. The Minister for Justice and Customs ought to be able to confirm for us that, if a parliamentarian or anybody else were to be prosecuted, surely that would be a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions. One would assume that the Director of Public Prosecutions would take account of the public interest as they considered their decision on such a matter.