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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 26229

Senator NETTLE (9:18 PM) —I think it is important that we find the section in the US legislation that gives Australian Customs officers the equivalent powers that the US Customs officers are being given in this section of the legislation. I would have expected to find that provision in section 206 of the US legislation, which is headed `Enforcement relating to trade in textile and apparel goods'. It does not seem to be there. If the minister or advisers are aware that it is in another section of the legislation, that would assist in determining whether equal powers are being given to Australian Customs officials in US legislation as are currently being given to US Customs officials in Australia in this section of the implementing legislation.