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Monday, 16 June 1997
Page: 4163


Senator COOK(1.03 p.m.) —The opposition supports these amendments. We think the language that the government has now come forward with which amends the government's original bill is better and more expressive of the needs here. It again points to the fact that the bill was drafted in haste with improper consultation with industry. If the consultation had been more thorough, this language would have been corrected, I think, from the beginning rather than it having necessitated an amendment from the government now. But it would be a dog in the manger approach for us to extend that argument much further. We recognise that the government is correcting this situation and we will support the correction.