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Thursday, 24 November 2011
Page: 9582


Senator ABETZ (TasmaniaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (19:46): A number of these codes now are being imposed and businesses required to comply with less than two months notice in the case of those that were publicly available as of 9 November. I confess that, when I come into this chamber, most of the time I am of the view that big business is generally big and ugly enough to look after itself, but my concern here is: how on earth are small businesses going to be able to adjust and make any investments, changes or whatever within a period of two months? If that is not bad enough—

Senator Jacinta Collins: That's not what's being suggested.

Senator ABETZ: Well, as I understood it, there were certain codes that had been made available from 9 November which will come into being as of 1 January 2012.