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Thursday, 30 August 2001
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Mr McCLELLAND (2:49 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, will you advise the House when the Border Protection Bill was drafted and, in particular, when instructions were given by you, your office or any department to draft the bill? If this occurred before you made your statement to this House yesterday at 2 p.m. will you explain why you did not advise the House then of your proposed legislation?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I normally make public the intention of the government to legislate in a matter when the legislation has received cabinet and party room approval. That procedure was followed on this occasion.