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Thursday, 30 May 1996
Page: 1406


Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs)(11.31 a.m.) —To conclude this matter, the argument that Senator Bolkus puts is right, and we would support amending the amendment so that the appropriate word is used in both cases. That is, `received' is to be replaced with `tendered'. That is quite right. We make the point that in any event it is going to be inevitable that the fact of a controlled operation will be apparent to the defence in any trial that depends on that evidence. The defence will then have the right to oppose the admissibility of the evidence by challenging the authorisation procedure, and that would be done in most cases by a voir dire. That is why we say that what you are doing does not add anything but, nonetheless, we have put the point.