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Wednesday, 15 March 2000
Page: 12811

Senator McKIERNAN (12:25 PM) —In response to Senator Brown, my state colleagues in Western Australia made no attempt whatsoever to stop me or, to the best of my knowledge, any other of my colleagues in this place from Western Australia from exercising our own individual views on the bill. I was allowed the privilege—and I would have exercised it in any case—of reviewing the evidence that the committee took during the days of hearings and looked through all of the submissions and evidence given to the committee. There was no coercion or attempted coercion on behalf of any of the colleagues. I did speak to some state colleagues who hold different views on this matter than I, and we respect each other's views on that. But I did feel it important just to correct the record on that particular point.

Senator Brown —I accept that entirely.

Amendment not agreed to.

Bill reported without amendments; report adopted.