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Tuesday, 12 November 2002
Page: 6140


Senator CHRIS EVANS (8:41 PM) —by leave—I want to indicate on behalf of the Labor Party that we will be supporting this amendment for the reasons outlined in the case put by Senator Stott Despoja, despite her very poor pun. I also indicate that this matter is the subject of a conscience vote for Labor senators. I formally indicate that in terms of the Labor Party's view on this matter Labor Party senators will be voting according to their consciences. But we do think that it is a useful addition to the debate. We accept that we ought not to be trying to write intellectual property amendments into the bill, but this is a useful statement of the need for a reference to the ALRC and AHEC for the reasons outlined by Senator Stott Despoja. Therefore, we would be inclined to support the second reading amendment.