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Monday, 20 December 1993
Page: 5237

Senator VANSTONE —by leave—I think Senator Bishop has some points to make and, from what she has been saying behind me, I am not disinclined to agree with them. I want to conclude the points that I have raised, which are from a slightly different angle. Senator Gareth Evans says that he will prepare this advice. Will that advice detail why he thinks he is right? If he wants it to be useful, it will need to address the points that we have raised—void for uncertainty, whether the government can use the wording it has to use section 109 to adopt common law and whether that means that the common law is enacted. If it is not enacted, then what is the government's response to In re Uren? Is Senator Evans just going to give us a bit of legal advice that might address a whole range of matters or is he going to address the concerns that we have raised? That is what we want the advice to address.