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Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Page: 9510


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (21:06): Certainly, there are people to whom those provisions would apply, but we have not drawn this legislation in an ad hominem fashion. We have drawn this legislation—as you rightly say, Senator—'narrowly' because it embodies a very important principle, a principle that has been part of our law since 1948—as I explained. We do not legislate in an ad hominem fashion. We have configured the bill in this way because we think the principles underlying it are sound.