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Friday, 26 May 1989
Page: 2819

Senator TATE (Minister for Justice)(10.09) —I support almost everything that has fallen from the lips of my ministerial colleague. I understand Senator Durack's concerns and his legitimate interest in this matter, but I believe that the Ministerial Council will reveal the intention of the States in this matter at least in a preliminary way-which parts they might feel they are able to live with, which parts they really want to challenge, and which sections might therefore be able to be proclaimed at an earlier stage, leaving those matters to be challenged unproclaimed.

I think there is a tremendous amount of discussion and argument to take place. I think, for the first time, a truly realistic, hard argument will take place because of the phenomenon of having the legislation actually endorsed and passed by this Parliament. The States will have to come to grips with it now in a very real way. I think that after the Ministerial Council meeting we will all be in a much more informed position.