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Monday, 19 September 2011
Page: 6319

Senator FARRELL (South AustraliaParliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water) (10:54): Needless to say, I reject those criticisms of Minister Roxon. She really has been one of the standout ministers in what has been an excellent government.

Senator Mason: Even if you don't believe that.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells: If she's a standout, heaven help us.

Senator FARRELL: Senator Mason, I do believe it. I believe it because it is true. I think that in her heart of hearts even Senator Fierravanti-Wells knows that most of it is true. The government does not oppose this section that would promote transparency in the way that the authority is operating, particularly since this is a body to promote transparency in the delivery of government services. While the length of time before the review should take place is short for a statutory authority, the government expects enough progress will have been be made for a review to undertake a meaningful initial analysis of its operation and effectiveness. The government is happy to support this amendment given the opposition's support for the bill as a whole and its support for the previous amendment.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN ( Senator Boyce ): The question is that the amendment be agreed to.

Question agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report adopted.