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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5246

Senator BROWN (11:24 AM) —Senator Harradine has made a good point. Also, I cannot go past the very ethical contribution that he just made to the debate. I had a gold pass as a member of the Tasmanian parliament, and at the time that entitled us to train travel but not to air travel. I remember going to a meeting in Wagga which had an environmental purpose, but I could not get a train so I hitchhiked up the Hume Highway. At the first junction where you turn off to go to Wagga, north of Albury, I climbed into a semitrailer and found that my gold pass had gone missing somewhere along the route. Anybody in that area with one of those metal detectors might find a Tasmanian gold pass on the junction of the highway there somewhere. So I used to have a gold pass but it was very much more restricted than the matters we are talking about here.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Collins)—The question is that the clauses stand as printed.

Question agreed to.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —The question now is that the amendments be agreed to.

Question negatived.

Bill agreed to, subject to request.

Bill reported with request; report adopted.