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Thursday, 20 November 1986
Page: 2592


Senator PETER BAUME(12.35) —In regard to this point, the Opposition had not intended to seek to aggrandise itself on this matter. It seemed to us that what mattered was achieving the right outcome. I do not know whether I understand Senator Macklin, but it would seem that he sees it as a matter of some political importance that the Australian Democrats can say that they moved a particular amendment. Two identical amendments are proposed. I am perfectly happy to have them co-sponsored, if that is appropriate. It really does not matter to us.


The CHAIRMAN —In the circumstances, I think Senator Peter Baume has yielded gracefully. I will call Senator Powell to move the amendments concerned. There are 14 proposed amendments to the main Bill. Two of them are identical. Senator Peter Baume proposes to move his amendments in groups. The first group to be moved by the Opposition, group A, covers psychiatric disabilities.