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Tuesday, 30 September 1997
Page: 7208


Senator CHRIS EVANS(3.50 p.m.) —by leave—I do not want to deny anything that Senator Lees has said. I am sure she is quite correct but, from my point of view, her whip indicated at the whips meeting last night that this matter was likely to be deferred. I understand the amendments were circulated at question time. I am not in a position to advise that I have instructions to vote for it and so, until that time, I will be voting no. That is a question of process and is not going to the question of the principle. As I have said, we may, with a deferral, be able to sort it out but, at this stage, I still vote no.