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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7850


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (11:00 AM) —The Ombudsman has the power of a royal commission in making recommendations, and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security also has those powers. Complaints against a police officer can be directed to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security and to the Ombudsman, and complaints against an officer from ASIO to the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. Both of those bodies can make recommendations to the government that are the equivalent of a royal commission's recommendations to the government. The government then takes appropriate action.