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Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Page: 2026

Senator XENOPHON (9:52 AM) —I feel as though I should get a ‘with deepest sympathy’ card from Senator Joyce because of all the amendments he has helped kill off!

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Forshaw)—You might get a St Patrick’s Day card instead.

Senator XENOPHON —I appreciate the government’s position and the opposition’s position. I think these are matters that will need to be revisited. I infer by Senator Carr’s comments earlier that Minister Bowen is looking at some of these matters in terms of insurance contracts. I still think this has been a lost opportunity. We could have gone further; we could have put in some further sensible reforms for the benefit of consumers. My concern is that this legislation will not give the degree of protection to consumers that it was intended to give in the first place.

Question negatived.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report adopted.