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Friday, 5 December 1986
Page: 3483

Senator HARRADINE(11.08) —I wish to reiterate on this occasion that nothing that I have said should be taken as opposition to payment of compensation to persons in this situation. I know a fair bit about, and have worked on, compensation legislation. My main concern in the debate last evening, which unfortunately was not given legs, was to--

Senator Gareth Evans —You spoke for an hour; you had a fair go.

Senator HARRADINE —Everybody was partying. I will write Senator Evans and others a letter about it so that they know what I was talking about. I am concerned about the use of the international instrument through the external affairs power to impose upon the citizens of Australia an obligation to recognise a non- marriage state as though it were a marriage state under pain of penalty in respect of the leasing of accommodation.