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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7849

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (10:59 AM) —It is an obvious question and I thought that the answer was equally obvious. We have a complaints mechanism in relation to the behaviour of officers. We believe that is important. I think that, when you have law enforcement officers or officers from a security agency exercising powers, it is appropriate that there be a complaints mechanism. We have that across the board in relation to the Commonwealth government and Commonwealth agencies. I think that it stands to reason that you have a complaints mechanism to give the individual a course of redress.