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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7865


Senator NETTLE (12:27 PM) —If the minister's opposition to this amendment moved by the opposition is that it is unconstitutional, how does that become his argument when his original model involved federal magistrates and serving judges? Why is it unconstitutional in the opposition's case?


Senator Ellison —It didn't.


Senator NETTLE —The evidence that came before the committee was that the current model was potentially unconstitutional. So why are the government now turning around and saying their problem with the model being put up by the opposition is that it is unconstitutional when it is exactly the evidence that we heard in the committee about the government's model that was being proposed?