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Thursday, 10 November 2011
Page: 8917


Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South Wales) (19:29): by leave—Before I ask that the question be divided, I will just make a short statement. Can I say once again for the record that the coalition has sought at all stages to support—and indeed we are supporting—the passage of this legislation. I place on the record that it has been most disappointing the way Minister Roxon has chosen, in public fora and through media release, to seek to blame the coalition for the delays. I reiterate that it is not the coalition's role to determine what is or is not listed for debate in this chamber—that is proposed by the government. I say once again that on the last occasion the way the minister acted in relation to this legislation was appalling. I will not reiterate the comments I made in my speech in the second reading debate but I would say that on the last occasion, on 12 October, it was the Manager of Government Business, Senator Ludwig, who called for a debate on a change of hours and a variation in the business on that morning, which, of course, meant that the government on that day decided the order of business. So, if there was any delay, it was a delay which can be laid fully at the feet of the government. I take great exception to the minister's continued false assertions that the coalition was responsible for the delay of the passage of these bills. I ask that the question be divided, given that the coalition will be supporting one bill and not the other. We will not call the vote on the third reading, but could those comments be noted.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Pratt ): The first question is that the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011 now be read a third time.

Question agreed to.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT ( Senator Pratt ): The question now is that the Trade Marks Amendment (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Bill 2011 now be read a third time.

Question agreed to.

Bills read a third time.