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Thursday, 24 May 2001
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Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (11:52 AM) —It is just not possible in a committee stage to give you a PhD in the law as it relates to the term `domiciled'.

Senator Schacht —These are your definitions for paying people $25,000. I just want to find out—

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Bartlett)—Order!

Senator Schacht —Sorry, I know I should not interject, but 100 questions keep popping up.

Senator VANSTONE —I can say no more to the senator than this, because every which way he turns you come back to the basic premise that has been put: payment will be made to people who were domiciled in Australia immediately prior to internment. `Domiciled' is a very common term in admin law and it is understood. It may not be something that the senator understands, but it is common throughout the English legal system, and our legal system has adopted it. The question of whether you are domiciled somewhere or residing there is common internationally. While that does not mean that these things are always easy, it means the tests are relatively clear—but, of course, you have to apply them on a case by case basis.