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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1055

Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (18:36): Senator Cameron, I have made statements on many occasions since coming into government that I do not reveal the contents of negotiations with the crossbench. That would just be inappropriate. The government's clear position was that we would have preferred the relevant provisions of the original bill to commence following gazettal. That position was not supported by a majority of senators, and we were able to negotiate a position which the government ultimately agreed to and which was passed by a majority of the Senate.