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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Page: 5


Senator BROWN (9:40 AM) —We are talking here about the independence of the judiciary from political process. That is why the Greens are moving to ensure that the court determines what matter or evidence should be heard in camera. The court should determine who or who is not a fit person to represent a client before that court. The illogicality of the legislation as we have it—this legislation represents political interference in the court system, which should have independence—is writ large by the determination that judges will not be vetted but lawyers will be vetted. I asked the minister about the Australian Security Vetting Service. Could he explain: what is this service, how many people are employed by it, who is the head of that section of Attorney-General's and what is the line of responsibility from the Australian Security Vetting Service to the Attorney-General?