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Monday, 7 March 2005
Page: 97

Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (5:44 PM) —I will sum up briefly. I thank honourable senators for their contributions to this debate on the Defence Amendment Bill 2005. It has been a very helpful debate. Useful points have been made concerning privacy, the role of the Ombudsman, independent sample testing and Defence instructions. The bottom line is that I am pleased that all honourable senators support the bill. We have some amendments that we will have to deal with during the committee stage. We believe these are important reforms. The ADF does operate on a zero tolerance of drugs basis and it is important to have the tools to enable commanders to effectively implement the policies that have been set in place. I thank senators for their support and look forward to the second reading passage.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.