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Wednesday, 1 June 1994
Page: 1037


Senator SHERRY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) (11.01 p.m.) —We will not be supporting Senator Margetts's amendment, so it is likely to be defeated. We will not be supporting it because, as Senator Coulter has indicated, it would hold up the two bills that are likely to be passed.

  As to that wide-ranging review Senator Coulter has foreshadowed, he and Senator Panizza are obviously getting together again. This will be interesting. The government is really taking a couple of double blows this morning. But that is to be decided at another time and, hopefully, is not linked to this matter.

  Amendment negatived.


The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The question now is that the following bills be read a second time: the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (User Charge) Bill 1994; the Offshore Minerals (Exploration Licence User Charge) Bill 1993; and the Offshore Minerals (Retention Licence User Charge) Bill 1993.

  Question resolved in the negative.


The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The question now is that the following bills be read a second time: the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Legislation Amendment Bill 1994 and the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Fees Bill 1994.

  Question resolved in the affirmative.

  Bills read a second time.

PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 1994

  The bill.