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Wednesday, 31 August 1994
Page: 650

Senator MARGETTS (12.23 p.m.) —I thank the parliamentary secretary, but this has not allayed my concerns to any great extent because the local industry is aware of the fact that the numbers exist in the eastern states. The industry is also aware of the fact that representative bodies are generally based in the eastern states as well. Nothing has been said during this process that indicates that Western Australia will not continue to be rolled every time on issues where there are differences between Western Australia and the eastern states—even on a matter that may be of particular concern to Western Australia.

  Is there any assurance that this will not continue to happen? We know that the numbers exist in the eastern states. We know that when push comes to shove Western Australia gets rolled. Just half an hour ago a representative of the industry was saying that it happens every time—Western Australia gets rolled. I need some assurance that, whilst we know the numbers exist and whilst the government consults with industry, somehow or other the concerns that are particular to a region are not simply consumed in the desire to have a centralised policy that suits the majority.