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Tuesday, 30 November 2004
Page: 24

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (1:54 PM) —Clause 16(2)(f) of the Surveillance Devices Bill (No. 2) 2004 provides:

(2) In determining whether a surveillance device warrant should be issued, the eligible Judge or nominated AAT member must have regard to:

... ... ...

(f) any previous warrant sought or issued under this Division in connection with the same alleged offence or the same recovery order.

We believe that the ground is already covered by virtue of this subsection and to require that this be set out in the application for the warrant would not add to the integrity of the process provided for. We believe it is sufficiently provided for in the bill as it is and we oppose Democrat amendments (7) and (8) on that basis.

Question negatived.