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Thursday, 30 June 1994
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Senator SHERRY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) (9.00 p.m.) —`If in doubt leave it out' is an interesting approach to legislation. I am not sure whether the opposition advanced that argument in the Mabo legislation, for example. I think it did approach it from that point of view on a couple of the provisions.

Senator Tambling —They suggested leaving the bill out.

Senator SHERRY —That is right, but I do not think the Australian Democrats were persuaded. Because of concerns expressed, the Senate standing committee has made the process more transparent by the introduction of amendment 68A which we passed earlier this evening, which obliges the minister to initiate a consultation process when consideration is being given in this area, and it is a very transparent process—it is just not possible for a minister to avoid the obligations.

  Question put:

  That the amendments (Senator Coulter's) be agreed to.