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Thursday, 21 June 2007
Page: 65


Senator ABETZ (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) (1:19 PM) —I think in general terms that is right but, before Senator O’Brien seeks to make mischief with that, I point out that there was a huge amount of public discussion and consultation prior to the drafting, which then informed the drafting of the legislation. This was a situation where the community consultation took place, a draft bill was placed before us and, as a result and with further consultation, a few amendments were made in the other place. Now we have this bill in its present form before us. I would not want the suggestion to be made that there has not been proper or adequate consultation. It has taken place, largely prior to the bill, but, as is always the wont of this government, if people indicate to us that amendments can be made to improve the legislation we are always easily convinced in that regard. Amendments were made in the other place and we now have the bill in its present form here.