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Monday, 29 November 2004
Page: 91

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (6:18 PM) —I think there is a blurring of issues there, if I might put it that way. Where you have gained information and it is not incriminating in nature, you can dispose of it because there is nothing further to be done with it. This bill deals with intelligence, which is somewhat different, and information can become relevant with the occurrence of events subsequent to its gathering. You might gather some information at the time which has no significance but then something happens later on and it does have significance. It is lawfully obtained, it remains that way and it can be used subsequently. The question is its relevance. That relevance can change with subsequent events.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Ferguson)—The question is that the Democrat amendment on sheet 4428 moved by Senator Greig be agreed to.

Question negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.