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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5824

Senator SIEWERT (7:46 PM) —I am indicating the Greens support for this amendment, so I think you are right in saying, Senator Ludwig, that the numbers are going to be agin you. We think it is good practice for all legislation—particularly for legislation that establishes a body such as Safe Work Australia—and we believe it is important for this legislation to have an objects clause. The objects can operate as a guide to the operations of this body. We support the objectives proposed by the opposition, as we believe they do capture the intent of the bill and the outcomes that we all want to see by the establishment of this particular body. We would have supported Senator Xenophon’s proposed objects but—for once—we are in agreement with the opposition. We believe that their amendment is more comprehensive so we will be supporting it.