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Monday, 30 March 1998
Page: 1526


Senator MURRAY (4:56 PM) —I wish to add briefly to the debate. As Senator Margetts pointed out, we have no affection whatsoever for Labor's Industry Commission, and I suspect we will not feel much warmer towards the coalition's Productivity Commission. However, with the amendments the government has accepted on its nature, management and objectives, we believe it is a considerable advancement on the previous Industry Commission. What concerns me about Senator Harradine's amendment is that, if we are concerned about the Commonwealth's policy direction, I can assure you that we would not like to see that multiplied eight times by being concerned about the states' and territories' prescriptive requirement. We do believe that consultation should be carried out but, in some instances, it may be advisable for the Commonwealth to have a free hand, so we will not be supporting this amendment.