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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7704


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (12:26 PM) —This is one of the recommendations of the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee that the government and the minister find favour with. I agree with the government. It is a good recommendation, and I am pleased that the government has decided to cherry pick this particular recommendation and propose a government amendment which effectively has the impact of the prescribed authority being required to inform a person being questioned of the role of the prescribed authority and to explain the reasons why others may be present. This might go to, for example, the presence of ASIO or the Australian Federal Police. It is a good amendment, it is an improvement to the bill and it will be supported by the opposition.

Question agreed to.