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Thursday, 26 September 2002
Page: 4990

Senator BROWN (12:44 PM) —No, I am using a hypothetical where a person calls the Tampa with the intent—

Senator Ellison —You mentioned your own situation. You mentioned it was being tapped.

Senator BROWN —No, I mentioned a situation where I or somebody else would have done this. By the way, I did call the captain of the Tampa and congratulated him—that was it. Let me put the situation, because this is a serious matter. Let us move away from the personal to the situation where somebody called the Tampa and said, `We encourage you to bring this ship to Australia, to trespass into Australian waters and, if you can, to get the asylum seekers ashore.' I believe that, in the government's view, is inimical to the Commonwealth. The case that we are looking at is about whether it is revealed that an illegal activity has taken place in a spy agency.

Progress reported.