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Monday, 2 April 1984
Page: 1066

Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(9.12) —That is a good question from Senator Harradine and not one to which we have addressed any attention. Being an essentially conservative administration, we have decided to simply follow tradition in this respect. As it has been called 'special leave' since the High Court of Australia was formed in 1903, we did not want to generate any undue sense of uncertainty or disarray in the establishments around this nation that we were confronting in any head-on way the traditions of the Court. Perhaps this is a matter that we will summon up courage to address when we move into a more radical mode later in our administration. I will test the reaction of the High Court to Senator Harradine's suggestion. We are all in favour of simplification and the shortening and streamlining of language. Redundant terminology is involved here. I appreciate the point he has raised. We will have a look at it.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to; report adopted.