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An Injurious Reflection

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The Hon. K.J. MAHER: I have a further contribution. I have a question for the government: does the government consider that this amendment applies to the making of an order or the release of someone under an indefinite detention order?

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: I have outlined the government’s position in relation to this particular amendment. For the reasons I have outlined, the government will be opposing the amendment that has been moved by the Leader of the Opposition.

The Hon. K.J. MAHER: The reason I asked that, and the reason I think the Treasurer will not answer this question, is we understand that the Attorney-General, somewhat misleadingly, has been giving briefings suggesting that this applies to the release of someone on an indefinite detention order, when that is not the case at all. It applies to the making of an indefinite detention order. I ask the Treasurer again: does the government believe that this applies to the making of an indefinite detention order or the release of someone on an indefinite detention order? I will take an inability to respond as confirming my assertion.

The CHAIR: Leader of the Opposition, there was an injurious reflection. You are asking the Treasurer to reflect on the mind of the Attorney, which is impossible for any other human being, and then you are putting to the Treasurer that however he answers you are going to draw whatever conclusions you wish. You can draw whatever conclusions you want, but the question is out of order. I am ruling it out of order. Have another go.

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