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Monday, 3 March 1997
Page: 1139


Senator CARR(8.30 p.m.) —The opposition initiated this process to get agreement. It was here, Minister. We did so because we acknowledged that there were difficulties in the legislation. We were prepared to support the Greens' amendments. We did propose, as a consequence, that it would be better if there was discussion outside the chamber to reach agreement.

In terms of the concerns raised, particularly by the ELICOS association, it has to be acknowledged that the Labor Party played a critical role in ensuring that there was a much improved position, which we now see in this current bill. As a consequence, the opposition is supporting the government's amendment.