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Wednesday, 29 October 1997
Page: 10012


Mr GARETH EVANS (Deputy Leader of the Opposition)(9.39 a.m.) —I am indebted to the Attorney-General (Mr Williams) for that response. I take it that what he has said is to deny outright the substance of the report that a government proposal has been made to the dissident National Party backbenchers, so the debate will go forward without further amendment from the government so far as the content of the threshold test is concerned.

If the member for O'Connor (Mr Tuckey), who has also featured largely in these reports, wants to further clarify the situation from his point of view and to throw a stone into the millpond that has been established by the Attorney-General in this respect, I would be only too delighted to let him have that opportunity.