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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12887

Mr SLIPPER (9:58 PM) —If a murder took place in Port Hedland harbour, then the state law of Western Australia would take effect. Indeed, under this legislation, state law takes effect up to a certain distance out from the coastline and then, after that, Commonwealth law takes over. It is absolutely indisputable that, if a murder was allegedly committed within the harbour of Port Hedland, the law which would relate to that alleged offence would be the criminal law of the state of Western Australia.