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Thursday, 26 November 1998
Page: 726


Senator SCHACHT (11:43 AM) —Are you suggesting that we defer the committee stage to a later time? The opposition is happy to continue with the committee stage now. The opposition amendments are being circulated, as I understand it. The government has accepted our amendments, as I understand it. The Democrats amendments and the Green (WA) amendments, as I understand it, are not acceptable to the government, and they are not acceptable to the opposition. That is what I am advised.

In order to continue with the committee stage now, I am proposing we progress this by dealing with the Democrats amendments and the Green (WA) amendments, which, it appears, neither the government nor the opposition support. That is the advice I have received. The government has apparently accepted the opposition amendments, though the Greens (WA) and the Democrats may oppose them. I propose we deal with those later on if it does not affect the running sheet order too much. I do not think that it is `rocket science' to handle the running sheet and the amendments that have been circulated in this way. I apologise to everybody if you have not received the opposition's amendments. They are about to be circulated.