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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Page: 2262

Senator HANSON (Queensland) (10:04): I move the amendment on sheet 7965:

(1) Amendment (1), item 32A, at the end of subsection (5), add:

   ; or (c) there is evidence that at least one parent or guardian of the person has means to appoint a lawyer to act for the person.

The amendment proposed by the government is designed to give access to court-appointed legal aid to anyone aged between 14 and 17 years who is charged where they do not already have legal assistance. The view of Pauline Hanson's One Nation party is that this should only apply after their parents or guardians have been means tested, satisfying the courts that they do not have the means to provide the assistance themselves to their own children.