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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5238


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (10:30 AM) —On the same point: I do not yet qualify for a gold pass, but I do not think that is particularly relevant. A number of senators who are not present in the chamber do qualify for a gold pass and have not made such a declaration. I think you would appreciate that, Mr Acting Deputy President. The point that Senator Ray makes is valid, but we need to note that a range of senators would be in that position. Given these matters have been looked at now by both the Procedure Committee and the Senators' Interest Committee and that new approaches have been developed to deal with these sorts of declarations—apart from the general political point that Senator Ray makes—it is well understood that there is not a requirement in this circumstance for all those senators on both sides of the chamber and on the crossbenches who may be affected by this to make such a declaration.