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Tuesday, 30 November 2004
Page: 65


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (4:40 PM) —We believe these amendments, if adopted, would cause problems in relation to the operation of the Surveillance Devices Bill 2004 and the duties imposed on law enforcement. We do not believe it makes any sense to interrupt the surveillance for 30 days and then have a resumption of it. We believe that, really, it should be in place for as long as it is needed, and that is borne out by the fact that some covert, controlled operations can go on for some time. An aspect might be drugs—a house might be under surveillance for quite a lengthy period of time—and we believe that should not be interfered with just because of some arbitrary demarcation of time. For that reason, we believe that the provisions in relation to the Surveillance Devices Bill are appropriate.

Question negatived.