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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7851


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (11:08 AM) —I would just make the point that the matters that Senator Nettle has raised could quite possibly found a prosecution for failing to treat someone humanely. That is why I said earlier that the provision of failing to treat someone humanely is wide indeed. But, once you get down to saying it is an offence to fail to provide someone with a cup of tea or coffee or something of that sort, it really does invite more of a limitation on the prosecution than a facilitation of the prosecution. We believe that the provision of failing to treat a person humanely is very broad indeed and could cover, I think, any of the concerns that anyone might have.