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Monday, 22 November 2010
Page: 1818


Senator SHERRY (Minister for Small Business, Minister Assisting on Deregulation and Minister Assisting the Minister for Tourism) (9:11 PM) —Firstly, I would point out that the issues you are asking about are not contained within the legislation we are considering—


Senator Joyce interjecting—


Senator SHERRY —Calm down; wait a moment. Therefore, the advisers I have before me cannot give you advice on that. The advisers here are not privy tonight, although we may be able to do something for you tomorrow, Senator Joyce.


Senator Joyce —You are shadow minister for finance, aren’t you?


Senator SHERRY —No, I am not. I know you have trouble with the concept of a shadow minister for finance. I know you have that problem or did have that problem. I am the Minister for Tourism, the Minister Assisting on Deregulation—


Senator Joyce —Assistant Treasurer.


Senator SHERRY —No, I am not Assistant Treasurer. I was once, before the last election. My responsibilities have changed. I am now representing, in this chamber, the Assistant Treasurer. But whatever the representational nature of issues in this chamber, Senator, the legislation does not go to the issues you are asking questions about; however—


Senator Joyce —What does?


Senator SHERRY —Just wait until I finish. However, it is relevant to the amendment moved by Senator Cormann. I will accept that. I accept that there is an argument, but I do not agree with it. My officers, as I indicated in answer to your earlier question, do not have those answers here tonight. I think I have got a reasonable reputation for responding and, as I said with respect to the earlier figures, we will obtain them tomorrow. We will provide them as soon as we can. We simply do not have them here tonight.