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Tuesday, 24 September 2002
Page: 4751


Senator O'BRIEN (4:40 PM) —by leave—The opposition would not normally oppose this. Senator Brown approached the opposition with an amendment to this motion that appears to substantially change the motion. Whilst it is likely that that will not change the opposition's view of this motion, we were of the view that it was such a substantial change that it would be better if we had an additional period of time to scrutinise the motion and give it fair attention. We were advised that the motion would be put and not postponed. In those circumstances, we are not prepared to vote on a motion amended at this short notice.