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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26437

Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (11:16 PM) —This is one of Senator Nettle's proposals, for which I undertook to get some further information. The issue she was interested in satisfying herself of was that it was not unbalanced—that the provision that is in the Australian enabling bill is complemented by a similar provision in the American legislation. The provision that provides for this verification process is at article 4.3.4 on page 4-5 of the act, which relates to Customs cooperation. I will not read it out. I remind the chamber that, under the American system, the act is voted on by the congress. There is also enabling legislation by the US Congress that has a head of power, and then the implementation of a similar provision is intended to be through a US regulation. They have not gone the whole way yet, but it is understood that, at the end of those processes, there will be complementary provisions on both sides.