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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Page: 7102


Senator CORMANN (Western AustraliaMinister for Finance and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) (11:23): In relation to examples, I'll have to take that on notice. My advice is that there are consent-to-prosecution provisions in various laws, as I've indicated, including the Criminal Code. I concede that the arrangement here is somewhat unusual. That is because of the unusual circumstances we're in. The measure is designed to be a safeguard to ensure that there is an appropriate check and balance on protecting freedom of speech.