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Thursday, 19 September 2002
Page: 4480

Senator ALSTON (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (11:42 AM) —I think I was asked, essentially, to concede improper motives. The answer is that we do not. I acknowledge that politics can be defined as the art of questioning people's motives—I myself have defined it on more than one occasion as a strict exchange of prejudices. I think that what Senator Stott Despoja ought to be aware of is that the Beazley regime was probably a much softer touch than the current lot and to appeal to Senator Carr's heart on this issue is fundamentally misplaced.

Question put:

That schedule 1, part 2, of the Higher Education Funding Amendment Bill 2002 stand as printed.