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Thursday, 17 December 1992
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Senator TATE (Minister for Justice) (12.25 a.m.) —On that occasion, Senator Teague indicated that he was going to ask questions in relation to these matters point by point. I was briefed to respond. He did not ask the questions in the committee stage of that debate.


Senator Short —There was a misunderstanding.


Senator TATE —There may have been a misunderstanding, but we were ready to respond fairly comprehensively to the various points. If we can deal with the matters together, we will, but I do not want to leave it on the record that we ignored Senator Teague's request. We understand that there has been a misunderstanding as to the timing of the response. We will respond—this side of Christmas, I hope.

  Bill agreed to.

  Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.