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Thursday, 20 March 1980
Page: 894

Senator McLAREN (South Australia) - I will not be supporting the Simon amendments to the Human Rights Commission Bill nor will I be supporting Senator Harradine 's amendment. There are some questions which I want to ask the Attorney-General (Senator Durack) which I am entitled to ask at the Committee stage. I refer to the statement which the Attorney-General made at the commencement of the Committee stage. He pointed out that the Bill is specifically stated to apply only to Commonwealth and Territory laws which will mean that these amendments are applicable only in the Australian Capital Territory. He said that a question may arise about the rights of an unborn child if the mother were arrested. But nowhere in the statement did he explain what would be the case if that mother were imprisoned. That is what concerns me and a number of other people. We know that there is no gaol in the Australian Capital Territory. If a pregnant woman were sentenced to imprisonment on a charge she would have to be sent to Goulburn in New South Wales where prisoners from the Australian Capital Territory are usually held.

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