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Tuesday, 30 November 2004
Page: 67


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (4:48 PM) —The government oppose these amendments. We do not believe emergency authorisations need to be recorded in any greater detail because, within 48 hours of granting those authorisations, such authorisations must come before a judge or a member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for approval. It is at that point that aspects of the authorisation, including the grounds on which approval is sought, must be included in the affidavit to the judge or the AAT member. There is a record in clause 31 dealing with emergency authorisations. We believe that that is sufficient. For those reasons we believe the bill has a sufficient safeguard in relation to the reporting of detail for those emergency authorisations and the government do not agree with the Democrats' proposed amendments.

Question negatived.