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Monday, 12 September 2011
Page: 5687


Senator FEENEY (VictoriaParliamentary Secretary for Defence) (13:18): We are obviously talking about the second measure, clarifying and affirming the original intention of the compensation offsetting policy. You ask the question: if these amendments do not change anything, why are we doing this? I guess the answer to that question is that these amendments are in response to a decision of the full Federal Court in Commonwealth of Australia v Smith, which decision highlights the need to clarify and affirm these aspects of the legislation. That is what we are doing.