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Thursday, 14 March 2013
Page: 2130

Mr ANDREWS (Menzies) (10:44): At the outset, I thank the member for Denison for discussing his amendments with me and with Senator Fifield. As, I understand, has been indicated to him, we do have some sympathy for what the member for Denison is seeking to do. We understand that advocacy is important for people with disabilities. If there were no advocacy, I suspect this bill would not be in the process of being debated in this parliament. Advocacy is very important in relation to people with disabilities. However, on balance, we tend to adopt the reasons the minister has set out in relation to the separation of the funding. In relation to the suggestion about a complaints mechanism, we again have sympathy for that; it is something we believe the government should give some further consideration to. I know these matters are going to the Senate. But, on balance, at this stage we will not be supporting the amendments which the member for Denison has put before the House.

Question negatived.