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Monday, 11 August 2003
Page: 12947


Senator ALLISON (1:09 PM) —I was wondering whether the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer would give me the assurances I sought, which he has done and which I thank him for, but I have been prompted by his speech to correct the record and to indicate that this was not the government's initiative. The reason we had to do this was that reducing the excise on diesel would have put oil recyclers out of business. This is what came up in the inquiry process conducted by the Senate committee. I am sure it is useful to have this on the government's great list of environmental achievements—and, indeed, it is one—but it was necessitated by the reduction in excise. I am quite sure the government would not have done it of its own volition. I just want to put on the record that it was, in fact, the Democrats' achievement by insisting that this very serious problem be dealt with; otherwise, we would have seen 300 million litres of used oil dumped in the nearest creek.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.