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Thursday, 17 October 2002
Page: 5432


Senator STOTT DESPOJA (5:24 PM) —There was discussion of some of these issues, obviously, the first time around and opposition parties did have an opportunity to amend or attempt to amend. I would have liked a specific rationale from the ALP. I understand that concurring with the government is easier but I would have thought that there would be someone on the opposition side who would have had some sympathy with this motion. Again, I think Senator Abetz makes a good point about those people who are not here advocating these particular changes.

On that note, the Democrats will continue to monitor the passage of this legislation and this legislation itself. I am not sure how many of these changes were made by the government at the prompting of the opposition. I certainly thank the advisers who have provided briefings to us over the years. They recognise—and I hope the government does too—our genuine interest in this issue. We will continue to monitor this legislation and will no doubt continue to attempt to improve it. I think there is an extraordinary capacity for Australia to play an amazing role in the space industry, and those of us who are genuinely interested in science and this debate will continue to work with the government and watch this debate as it unfolds.

Question negatived.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator McLucas)—Senator Stott Despoja, can I clarify this. You made a number of statements about recording the Democrats' support for the amendments. You need leave to do so.


Senator Stott Despoja —I was going to clarify that. I seek leave to do so, and I seek leave again on this amendment to ensure that the Democrats are recorded as the sole supporters of revised amendment (6) standing in my name.


Senator Abetz —It is already in Hansard.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN — This is for the Journals of the Senate. So just to clarify, your support for those amendments will be recorded for each batch.


Senator Stott Despoja —I seek leave to have my support on behalf of the Democrats recorded for all the votes that we have taken on this bill.

Leave granted.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.