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Friday, 2 December 1983
Page: 3247


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(2.32) —I move:

That the amendment made by the House of Representatives be agreed to.

The amendment moved by the Government and accepted in the House of Representatives excludes laws of Norfolk Island from the definition of law of the Commonwealth in clause 3 of the Bill, thus ensuring that the administration of that Territory will retain its existing responsibility for prosecution of offences under the local criminal law of Norfolk Island. That Territory is now in a special position, having substantial control over many internal matters. Under the amendment the Director will have a role in relation to Commonwealth laws applying in the Territory but the Territory administration will remain responsible for the prosecution of offences under the local criminal law. Thus under the amendment the position in Norfolk Island will be similar to that which will apply under the Bill in the Northern Territory. I commend the amendment to the Committee.