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Thursday, 17 October 2002
Page: 5428


Senator STOTT DESPOJA (5:05 PM) —by leave—I move Democrat amendments (1), (2) and (3) on sheet 2599:

(1) Clause 2, page 2 (table item 2), omit the table item, substitute:

2. Schedule 1, items 1 to 52

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

3. Schedule 1, item 53

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (4)

4. Schedule 1, items 54 to 62

A single day to be fixed by Proclamation, subject to subsection (3)

(2) Clause 2, page 2 (line 7), omit “item 2”, substitute “items 2 and 4”.

(3) Clause 2, page 2 (after line 10), at the end of the clause, add:

(4) The provision covered in item 3 of the table commences the day after the day on which the Minister tables in both Houses of the Parliament a Regulation Impact Statement of the impact of that provision.

I do not wish to take up the time of the chamber. I have outlined the rationale behind the amendments. I understand that the government will not be supporting the amendments. While I am disappointed, I understand that. However, I need to clarify the opposition's position. I listened with interest to the contributions from opposition senators relating to broad concerns, from insurance liability issues through to issues of technology transfer. There could be some common ground there. In relation to the commencement provision, picking up on some of the concerns raised in the second reading debate, I would hope that this enables the bill to be debated and passed today. But amendments (1) to (3) obviously provide for a regulatory impact assessment to determine, for example, the financial implications of this legislation. They are worthy amendments and, given the contributions that have been made, I hope that the Labor Party will support them. I am happy not to divide on the amendments, but I would like to hear the opposition's line.