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Monday, 10 November 2008
Page: 125

Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 October 2008:

With reference to the control order imposed on Mr David Hicks on 21 December 2007:

(1)   Has the control order been effective.

(2)   Have there been any difficulties in regard to the control order.

(3)   Will the Government be seeking an extension for the control order when it expires in December 2008; if so: (a) what are the reasons for the extension; and (b) for how long.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the effectiveness of the control order as this concerns operational matters.

(2)   See answer to (1).

(3)   The control order made by a Federal Magistrate with respect to Mr Hicks was for the maximum period allowable under the relevant legislation. The current order cannot be extended. It is a matter for the Australian Federal Police as to whether a fresh application for a control order should be made. Should the AFP consider this course of action to be warranted, the Criminal Code Act 1995 requires that the AFP obtain the consent of the Attorney-General to make an application.