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Wednesday, 20 June 2001
Page: 24673


Senator BARTLETT (9:43 AM) —My understanding is that that is not the case. There is still discretion there, in the same way as there are penalty provisions in the bill as it currently stands—for some other offences it has a penalty of imprisonment for two years—and they are not an automatic requirement for every offence. But it is academic, given that this is one of the amendments that the minister and Senator Bolkus indicated they would not be supporting. In the interests of not delaying the proceedings I will not press the issue by looking to amend it further.


The CHAIRMAN —The question is that amendments (80) and (81) be agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


The CHAIRMAN —The question now is that amendments (82) and (84) to (88) be agreed to.

Question resolved in the negative.


The CHAIRMAN —The question is that amendment (92) be agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.