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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7859

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (11:58 AM) —I move government amendment (27) on sheet DT377:

(27) Schedule 1, item 24, page 34 (after line 26), after section 34W, insert:

34WA Law relating to legal professional privilege not affected

To avoid doubt, this Division does not affect the law relating to legal professional privilege.

Government amendment (27) implements recommendation 10 of the references committee's report. I touched on this earlier in relation to the previous amendment. It is not the government's intention to affect the application of the law relating to legal professional privilege. This amendment makes it clear on the face of the legislation, for the avoidance of doubt. The provision is consistent with existing provisions in the Crimes Act, and I think it speaks for itself.