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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 634

Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) - I do not know whether the Committee really has given this matter the consideration that it feels it warrants. I do not suggest for one moment that the issues canvassed by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Murphy), and canvassed earlier by myself and Senator Byrne, are not fresh in our minds and that we are not well seised of what is involved. However I must say that I see enormous complications arising out of any precipitate act which does not take account of what might occur. I do not think those things are adequately catered for by the amendments which have been moved, if it is the wish of the Committee to adhere to Senator Murphy's point of view. I am conscious of the fact that if those amendments are carried there will be criminal proceedings in which there are no provisions whatever for the admissibility of documentary evidence. That is an issue which concerns me. I would like to give more consideration to this. I do not expect that following the resolution of this issue the balance of the Bill will be passed this evening. In the circumstances it might be agreeable to the Committee to report progress or to defer consideration of these clauses. Perhaps it would be best to defer further consideration of the amendments to these clauses and proceed to the next Part or some other Part in order that some consideration can be given to both the issues canvassed and the other consequences if a certain view is adopted - 1 do not know whether it will be adopted - which might create a problem which none of us wants to see.

Senator Murphy - The Opposition has no objection to that course being followed.

Senator GREENWOOD - I move:

That consideration to clauses 28 to 38 be postponed until a later hour.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Clauses 39 to 45 - by leave - taken together.

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