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Thursday, 19 February 1987
Page: 278

Senator CROWLEY(3.28) —I find it interesting to have heard Senator Siddons's remarks because very largely they are in conflict with my assessment of this very constructive and useful report. I also find it interesting that he finished up by pleading with us to take the simple approach. This certainly is a line that the Australian Democrats often use. It is a point that I think this Government resists from time to time. We cannot address complex issues in a simple way. That does not suggest that some of the points he raised were not a matter of serious concern and importance. Also, I object to his suggestion that those matters are not of concern to the Government. I also object to the honourable senator's understanding that the document will distract and dissipate any energy or focus in the area of occupational health and safety, the costs associated with it and the need to look at the very best ways to tackle that. Anybody examining the annual report 1985-86 of the Worksafe Australia National--

Senator Lewis —I take a point of order. As I suspected, Senator Crowley is making her usual speech that she makes about any report. The only trouble is that this time she is on the wrong report. We are dealing with the industrial democracy and employee participation paper about which Senator Siddons was talking, not the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission report.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Giles) —Thank you, Senator Lewis. That was just becoming apparent.

Senator CROWLEY —I stand corrected. I object to the honourable senator's description of me, but I will wait to speak on the correct paper.