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Tuesday, 15 March 2005
Page: 21

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (1:58 PM) —There remain only a few moments before question time, but I will commence the reply so that the debate is concluded. There are a number of reforms in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Amendment Bill 2004 [2005] which are the result of longstanding consultation. As well, I foreshadow amendments to the bill in the committee stage, which stem from the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee report. We have accepted some of those recommendations, and I will be dealing with that in more detail during the committee stage. I understand that there will also be some Democrats amendments to deal with as well. This is a very important bill, one which has been a long time in coming, and of course it is essential that we pass it this week. I thank speakers for the contribution they have made to the debate, and I will deal with a number of issues when the debate resumes on this matter.

Debate interrupted.