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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2632

Mr DUNCAN (Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General) (10.12 p.m.) —in reply—I thank honourable members who have been involved in the second reading debate. Whilst I thought that some of the points made by the honourable member for Higgins (Mr Costello) were sensible, I think the comments that he made about drafting and the like were feigned indignation on his part. The processes of the Parliament surely dictate to us that we should use the Parliament to correct any drafting errors, any changes that are necessary in legislation—any of those famous unintended consequences that become apparent as the legislation goes on—from time to time. I would have thought that that is exactly the processes of the Parliament and the Parliament should be used for that. To suggest otherwise is really a little folly. I think people generally would appreciate the fact that this Government moves expeditiously to correct those sorts of anomalies as soon as they become apparent.

  Question resolved in the affirmative.

  Bill read a second time.

  The Bill