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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5424

Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Foreign Affairs) (3.40 p.m.) —I do not know why Senator Alston thinks this involves some necessary whittling away of due process. That is a rather bizarre interpretation, lest his concept of due process is a high degree of formality and pomposity. Given the way he usually behaves in this place, I can assume that that might be the case. But fair, just, economical, informal and prompt seem to be highly salutary criteria for any exercise of the judicial process. I must admit that I was a bit intrigued to see this terminology here in the bill. I cannot recollect having seen it elsewhere. But everything has to be done for the first time and, if we are setting a precedent for the way in which these things are to be expressed in the future, so be it; it is a good precedent. More power to the draftsman's arm.