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Friday, 30 March 1984
Page: 965


Senator DURACK(10.15) —I thank the Attorney-General (Senator Gareth Evans). I am pleased that he is not looking at this as being the end of the road or the final solution. I suggest that he take the opportunity to experiment with a document of this kind in a Bill which is, perhaps, not too controversial but certainly one that we are likely to get before us this year and is not obviously being put off until after the next election to save the Government any embarrassment. Although the Bill of Rights might be a suitable vehicle, it will certainly be controversial. I am suggesting that the Attorney- General do this as an experiment in a pretty non-controversial area. We could put to the test the concern, which I agree is real, that Parliament will be diverted to the explanatory memorandum rather than to the Bill, and that there will be debate about that and so on. I think the whole matter ought to be put to the test in some experimental way at an early opportunity.