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5 March, 2012

Mr J.R. QUIGLEY: […] We the opposition take issue with what the Attorney General has said in reply that the closer we make it to a judicial function, the safer we are and the less likely we are to impugn the institutional integrity of the Supreme Court. It is quite the contrary; indeed, the High Court has talked about the executive using judges as persona designata to give the colour—I think these are the words of the High Court, as I remember—of neutrality to executive function; in other words, borrowing or using judges’ reputation for neutrality in the community for executive function. In our opinion, taking it away from the judiciary and giving it to the Corruption and Crime Commission makes it not less safe but more robust.

Dr A.D. BUTI: I am very interested in the member for Mindarie’s contribution.

The ACTING SPEAKER (Mr P.B. Watson): Member for Mindarie, I have no idea what you are saying, but I am very interested!

Mr J.R. QUIGLEY: I can tell that, Mr Acting Speaker, because you were so far onto the edge of your chair. I worried that you were going to fall forwards and off it, you seemed so enthralled!

Subject: Criminal Organisations Control Bill 2011 [Legislative Assembly – Consideration in Detail]

Date: 28 February 2012

Hansard reference: p. 388 [online (pdf)]

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