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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
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Senator NETTLE (1:32 PM) —That does not answer the question of what industries it applies to. What the minister is saying is: `We've set a trade agreement. It's set in stone. If anyone tries to do anything outside it, financial penalties are imposed.' That is what I take from the minister's answer. If he wants to qualify his answer and say, `It doesn't apply to this industry or that industry,' I am giving him the opportunity to do so. But so far the minister's answer has been: `There's an agreement. It's set in stone. It's got levels for content and it's got other components. If we want to make any changes to that, there are financial penalties.' Now is the opportunity for the minister, if this does not apply to some sectors, to point them out. Otherwise, all we can take from the minister's answer is that in any area of the agreement where there is dispute or where one party wants to make a change, financial penalties apply.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator McLucas)—The question is that Greens' amendment (1) on sheet 4351 and Greens' amendment (1) on sheet 4366 revised be agreed to.

Question negatived.