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Thursday, 14 October 1999
Page: 9702

Senator ELLISON (Special Minister of State) (11:47 AM) —For the record, the government opposes this amendment on the grounds I previously outlined in relation to the debate on the Public Service Bill. It is an amendment which will not really help those women who want to work on a temporary basis in the APS. The government believes that its proposal would be much more beneficial to those women who wanted to work on a temporary basis in the APS. I ask the Democrats to think about that when they look at their approach to this amendment. I also reiterate the point that the McLeod committee was not at odds with what the government is proposing, and that was a committee which was cited with favour by the opposition. We will not take it any further, but the government remains opposed to this amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bills reported with amendments; report adopted.