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Wednesday, 8 November 2000
Page: 19358


Senator HARRIS (10:19 AM) —I will be supporting Labor's amendments. I would like to speak briefly to the first amendment, which is identical to amendment (15) of One Nation, which the Labor Party voted down. I seek some guidance as to whether the chamber can actually put an amendment that is identical to one that has been voted down. While the clerks are conferring on that with you, Mr Temporary Chairman, I reiterate that the amendments One Nation moved were so that the court could properly carry out its function—I mean the word `properly' in both senses of the word: that is, it is also proper for the court to have that discretion. I indicate that I most definitely will support Labor's amendments (1) and (2) and seek your guidance on whether amendment (1) can be put.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator George Campbell)—Senator Harris, amendment (1) can be put. Whilst the terms of it are identical to your amendment (16), not (15), it is with other amendments and therefore puts it in a different context.

Amendments agreed to.