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Tuesday, 30 November 2004
Page: 25

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (1:58 PM) —The government opposes Democrat amendments (9), (10), (16), (18), (19) and (23) on the basis that it is not the officer's belief that is the issue; it is the decision by the judge or the AAT member. That person has to be satisfied that it is appropriate in the circumstances to make the relevant decision. We believe that is the appropriate course of action. We think that to add this requirement to the officer's belief would make this unworkable and we oppose these amendments on that basis.

Question negatived.

Progress reported.