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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 26226


Senator HARRIS (8:55 PM) —I would like to ask some questions of Senator Hill and to pre-empt them by identifying that I am speaking to the Greens' amendment (2) to omit section 214BAF from the bill. I have a couple of fairly simple questions relating to the verification powers, and we are amending the Customs Act 1901. To help Senator Hill, page 23, clause 214 of the bill—I find it quite amusing that it is under the initials of BAD; I do not know whether this is a bad section!—refers to the appointment of verification officers. Can the minister identify for us the CEO referred to in that section? Line 31 says:

The CEO may, by writing, authorise an officer to enter premises, and to exercise AUSFTA verification powers ....

Can that CEO only authorise an officer who is an Australian citizen?