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Wednesday, 25 March 1998
Page: 1223

Senator HARRADINE (10:16 AM) —I have not heard anything since the defeat of this legislation in the Senate on the last occasion to convince me to in any way change the vote that I cast on that occasion. I have listened carefully to what has been said this morning by Senator Hogg, Senator Collins and Senator Sherry and to the speeches yesterday. Having listened to all those speeches, one must, if one is reasonable, say not only that nothing in those speeches would convince one to change one's vote the other way but also that it confirms one's decision to vote against this legislation.

The legislation is simply unfair, unreasonable and unjust. I am quite conscious of the ramifications of the Senate voting this down for the second time after the constitutional period has elapsed, nevertheless, I do not believe that the Senate should vote for a measure which can justifiably be described as unfair, unjust and unreasonable, so I will be voting against the legislation.