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Thursday, 15 September 2011
Page: 6211


Senator MASON (Queensland) (13:24): Senator Xenophon was good enough to inform me that he would be raising this issue and wanted, quickly, the opposition's response. I endorse what the minister has said. Clearly, it is a matter of balance. The government would not want to put too great a burden on providers, the vast majority of which are responsible and legitimate. Certainly section 14B of the act gives regulators powers sufficient, we think, to cover the mischief described by Senator Xenophon.