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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7869


Senator TROETH (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (12:54 PM) —The people-smuggling measures will broaden the focus of Australia's people-smuggling legislation and clearly demonstrate our commitment to tackling people-smuggling not just in Australia but also in our region. The passage of these offences also fulfils a commitment to criminalise people-smuggling made by participants in the ministerial conference on people-smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crime which was held in Bali earlier this year. The interstate firearms trafficking offences located in the Crimes Legislation Amendment (People Smuggling, Firearms Trafficking and Other Measures) Bill 2002 are also an important step in the combined Commonwealth, state and territory effort to fight the spread of illegal firearms. I commend the bill to the Senate.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.