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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2127

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Minister for Trade)(6.10) —in reply-I thank the Opposition for its support. In answer to the question raised by the honourable member for North Sydney (Mr Spender) I must acknowledge that the Transfer of Prisoners Bill resolves the question of costs. I am of the opinion that the court will be in a position to order costs. We will have the matter checked. I thank the honourable member for that observation.

Mr Spender —Could the Bill be amended in the Senate to clarify that?

Mr LIONEL BOWEN —If needs be, yes. The other matters which were outside the Bill -the proposed National Crimes Commission Bill-is a matter of some detail and will have to be discussed with the States. I am assured that the Attorney- General (Senator Gareth Evans) has their consent. I expect that the honourable gentleman will see that Bill within the next 14 days.

Mr Hodgman —People keep rolling people.

Mr LIONEL BOWEN —We are rolling ahead very well, yes. At this stage, I think we have adequately dealt with this measure.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.