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TELECOMMUNICATIONS (INTERCEPTION) AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) 1985

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Cognate debate: The following Bills were, by leave, considered together with the above-mentioned Bill during the second reading debate: Director of Public Prosecutions Amendment Bill 1985

National Crime Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 1985.

Senator Durack moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that- (a) telephone interception powers can be a valuable aid in the investigation of drug trafficking;

(b) the Commonwealth should extend such powers in relation to drug trafficking to the States, subject to stringent controls being exercised over their use; and

(c) those controls should include a requirement for judicial warrants''.

Debate continued.

Question-That the words proposed to be added be added-put and passed.

Main Question, as amended-put and passed, Senator Crichton-Browne, pursuant to Standing Order 168, having recorded his vote for the Noes.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole, debated and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Haines) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.

And it being 10.30 p.m-