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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 755

Mr CHESTER (GippslandMinister for Infrastructure and Transport) (16:20): As much I am charmed by the member for Grayndler's concern for my political welfare, I intend to remain as a minister for a very long time into the future with the blessing of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Can I just indicate again that the government have considered very seriously the amendments put by the opposition. We have taken it in the spirit with which it was offered, but the government, as I want to emphasise, have no plans to diminish the appeal rights of the ASIC and MSIC applicants. I do refer the member, again, to the fact that the Office of Parliamentary Counsel has advised that including the appeals process in the acts would not create any practical protection against any future changes to the aviation and maritime regulations. We will not be supporting the amendment.

The SPEAKER: The question is that the amendments be agreed to.