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Monday, 30 August 2004
Page: 26707

Senator LUDWIG (7:43 PM) —Some of you may have been in the chamber when I gave my speech in the second reading debate in relation to this amendment. I signalled during that time that the opposition have carefully examined this amendment, have weighed a number of factors and have not found we are able to support it. We think the period where the subjective standard applied—the status quo which I understand the Democrats seek to maintain—was when the Internet was a little younger than it is now, and a wider community understanding of the dangers that might be associated with the Internet now exists. Paraphrasing what I said during my second reading debate speech, on the basis that a criminal standard of proof still applies and that it brings it in line with all other media content, it is something that we should move to rather than maintain the status quo. Therefore we will not be supporting the Democrat amendment which, in fact, does maintain the status quo.

Question negatived.