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Thursday, 19 February 1987
Page: 238


Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Resources and Energy)(11.21) — The Government will accept this amendment. It has been the subject of considerable discussion between us and Senator Sanders. The original draft proposed by Senator Sanders has been modified in the course of that discussion to make it workable in practice and technically such that it will stand up to close scrutiny. The kind of reporting that is here envisaged through the Australian Safeguards Office is that which I guess the Safeguards Office would have been doing anyway, but this does make it explicit, puts it out on the public record and is clearly in conformity with both the spirit and the actual letter of the rest of the legislation. Under those circumstances the Government will happily accept it.