Senate debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023


Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2022 Measures No. 1) Bill 2022; In Committee

11:01 am

Photo of Malcolm RobertsMalcolm Roberts (Queensland, Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party) Share this | Hansard source

Regarding procedural fairness, we have the reversal of evidential burden of proof, strict liability, and now we have procedural fairness. The bureaucrats don't even have to make a case. Let me read 1.190 from the scrutiny of bills report:

In light of this, the committee requests the minister's advice as to:

• why it is considered necessary to provide a broad exclusion to procedural fairnes s within the bill—

A 'broad exclusion', 'sweeping' would be another word—

noting the flexibility that is already applied by the courts when considering the extent to which procedural fairness obligations might apply in a particular circumstance; and

• whether, at a minimum, the amendment can be narrowed to exclude procedural fairness to circumstances where disclosure is required for urgent public safety reasons.

What was the minister's response?


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