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Monday, 28 August 2000
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Senator KEMP (Assistant Treasurer) (9:40 PM) —Everyone knows they can. I do not know that it is up to the producer cooperatives to alert them. I do not know whether you are trying to waste time until the siren sounds. I assume you would not be doing that because there is a very important bill coming up, and I certainly would not assume you were just trying to fill in time with these interventions. The government's views are well known—


Senator Hogg —That's a shameful allegation. You were so kind five minutes ago.


Senator KEMP —I think I am justly famous in this chamber for my patience, listening carefully to the most inane comments from people. Nonetheless, the clock is ticking on. I think people always know that they are entitled to approach the government and the tax office with their views. I do not know what specific information the producer cooperatives have given to their producers, but I would suggest that anybody who holds themselves out to represent the views of a particular constituency would be very well advised to make sure they took account of those views. I hope that satisfies you, Senator Cook.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.