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Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Page: 108

Senator SIEWERT (4:56 PM) —The Greens will be supporting the Democrats amendment. In fact, it is very similar to the one that we have. Ours is broader, opposing a number of parts; whereas the Democrats are opposing some of those parts individually. We find that the breadth of these powers are unacceptable, and I have a series of questions that I would like to ask the minister in order to clarify some of the points. On our reading, some of these proposals are extremely broad, and I am not quite sure of their intent and would like the government to clarify their intent. For example, with respect to the issue around which organisations they apply to, I would like to ask whether they include non-government organisation working in the prescribed areas in the Indigenous communities. Do these apply to all NGOs, including those that are purely voluntary? I would also like to confirm whether or not I understand correctly that services and assets that are included in this provision do not have to be directly funded under this provision. In other words, is it the case that, if you have assets that are funded by government, you are caught up under this provision even though they are not necessarily funded by the specific agreement?