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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4261

Mr LUCOCK (Lyne) - In referring to the amending Extradition (Foreign States) Bill forwarded to this House from the Senate, I wish to comment on some of the remarks made by the honourable member for Mackellar (Mr Wentworth). I suppose that in any legislation such as this there always is a danger that the matters he raised may eventuate. In thinking about some of the things he said, I suppose that if a government were determined that the circumstances demanded such action then irrespective of almost any alteration to the legislation it could extradite a person to another country. Perhaps the Government should give consideration to some of the things that the honourable member mentioned. However, the Australian Country Party supports the amendments that were moved in the Senate and were transmitted in this Bill to the House of Representatives.

I have been a little disappointed at the actions of the United Nations and of some of the major countries which appear to have shown a lack of serious consideration of the terrorist activities which are taking place in the international scene at present. In my opinion, if these activities are allowed to continue, international diplomacy will not work. If any groups or any countries feel that the hijacking or the kidnapping- of diplomats or the other terrorist activities which are going on will result in any advantage flowing to them, I think that they should give very serious consideration to their actions because, in the long term, every country will suffer and will be at risk. This legislation should give us cause to think about some of the events which are happening at present.

The effects of the Government's amendments to the Act are slight. One of them represents a fundamental change in the law. I believe, after a careful consideration of the legislation, it is obvious that the amendments will improve the existing legislation and will contribute to an acceptance of a responsibility that this country has to bear in the international sphere. At the same time they cause thought to be given to the protection of the individual concerned. The Minister for Secondary Industry (Mr Enderby), who is at the table, would be conscious of the fact that a great deal of this legislation is in legal phraseology, and sometimes it is not easy for a layman to follow the legal phraseology and to have a complete understanding of the legislation. But in general terms, I believe that the amendments improve the existing legislation. I do not wish to delay the House any further, because this matter has been debated well and truly on a number of occasions in this House and in the Senate. The Country Party supports the amendments contained in the legislation.

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