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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Page: 19

Senator LUDWIG (10:56 AM) —In relation to the latter part, there is a public interest for the disclosure of that information more widely, bearing in mind that that is after the court has decided that it is not one of the issues that should be kept private. In other words, it is a matter that has passed through the system and nobody sees any particularly dark issue about it. In those instances, there does not seem to be any practical reason that it should not be made available. I think it also promotes openness and transparency, especially amongst the people that turn up to provide information. If you then say it should be sealed and left for any appeal that is required and be provided to the court only in those circumstances, it does not provide a public good. If you accept the amendments that we have put forward, they will allow a public good as a consequence.