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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26428

Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (10:34 PM) —This is late-breaking news, I gather, Senator Greig. It is very difficult to get instructions on the run. The parliament is the master of its own destiny. The parliament sets the law. The High Court interprets the situation as it existed at the time the case was brought. So be it. The idea that the parliament should not determine the appropriate future legislative structure because previous matters are being litigated does not seem to me to be particularly persuasive.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator McLucas)—The question is that Democrat amendment (17) be agreed to.

Question negatived.