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Tuesday, 24 June 2003
Page: 12380

Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer) (8:36 PM) —We do not have a detailed answer to that. In principle, this is a measure that Senator Lees, to her credit, has brought forward that reinforces the objects of the act. It makes it quite clear that the government is not going to be part of subsidising fuel for actions that are in contravention of Australia's environmental laws. Quite frankly, Senator Lees is to be commended on taking the initiative in improving this bill in this way. I commend her and her staff on approaching this legislation in a very constructive way and seeking to find ways within the government's policy objectives for this bill to be improved. The words of the amendments speak for themselves. The government thinks that they enhance the bill and is happy to accept them.