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Tuesday, 30 November 2004
Page: 84


Senator GREIG (6:07 PM) —This amendment is also relevant to opposition amendment (2), which puts beyond doubt that a court can make an order to stay proceedings if a section 31 order preventing the disclosure of information would have a substantial adverse effect on the defendant's right to receive a fair hearing. Opposition amendment (1) defines `substantial adverse effect' as meaning `not insubstantial, insignificant or trivial'. We Democrats do not see a great need for the amendment, given that a court would be well equipped to determine whether the section 31 order has a substantial adverse effect on the defendant's right to receive a fair hearing. However, on balance, we do not oppose the amendment.

Question agreed to.