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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 82


Senator PUPLICK(5.30) —To facilitate a more speedy passage of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Bill 1985 I indicate on behalf of the Opposition that apart from our two amendments, which I will move in due course, the Opposition will support the amendments which have been put forward by the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans). We have looked at the amendments, both in terms of the minor technical matters and the more substantive proposals dealing with the safety review committee, and we believe that they lead to improvement in the legislation. Therefore, we will be giving them our support. I also indicate-this will not come as a surprise, I am sure-that it will not be our intention to support any of the amendments to this legislation which have been put forward by the Australian Democrats.

As Senator Evans has rightly said, this Bill has been debated over a very prolonged period. A number of senators, myself included, have made a series of speeches, interrupted by various other pieces of legislation, to try to get this Bill passed. However, I indicate that at the third reading stage of the Bill the shadow Minister, Senator Durack, will put down an overview of the position on behalf of the Opposition to conclude the debate so as to make clear the role we see ANSTO playing in the future and to make some concluding comments about the legislation as a whole. However, I simply indicate at this stage that we will support the Government's amendments as the Bill now proceeds through the chamber.