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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7849

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (10:58 AM) —I did not say that the legislation was neither necessary nor appropriate; I said the provision that Senator Greig was referring to was neither necessary nor appropriate. That was about complaints against police officers. What Senator Greig was saying was that the New South Wales Labor government had removed the provision for making complaints about the behaviour of police officers. I am saying that that is a provision that we have not included in this federal legislation and we do not believe it is appropriate. I was not saying that the security legislation was not necessary; I was saying that this provision was not an appropriate provision to have and that we believe we have a balance with this bill that is not achieved in the New South Wales legislation.