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Thursday, 13 November 2008
Page: 45

Senator LUDLAM (1:38 PM) —I move Australian Greens amendment (6) on sheet 5636:

(6)    Clause 9, page 4 (line 12), omit “must”, substitute “may”.

Very briefly, amendment (6) goes to a point that was made several times during the committee inquiry—that the independent reviewer should be truly independent and not be unduly tied too closely to existing organisations. For example, we believe that the reviewer should have regard to investigations conducted by agencies such as ASIO, the AFP, the Ombudsman and so on, without being compelled to suspend activities on the basis of supposed duplication. There may be some benefit to the reviewer’s ability to provide an independent voice or verification of an investigation which may already be underway.

Question agreed to.