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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6177


Senator ABETZ (Special Minister of State) (9:53 AM) —The minister's response does not add anything. I make the very simple point that, on the basis of this word not adding anything to the bill, and given the logic that was provided to us last night that my amendment did not add anything to the bill and therefore had to be opposed and voted down, it will be very interesting to see what the attitude is in relation to this word, which has been described in exactly the same terms as the very simple amendment that I moved last night. There are inconsistencies coming out in the approach. You run one argument to knock something down and you then run exactly the same argument to try to support something which is being opposed. We need some rigour in this debate. Quite frankly, I do not think the advice that is being provided shows that rigour.