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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6196


Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (11:50 AM) — Maybe I need a break, but I thought we had actually dealt with that and were now talking about the commercialisation issue—Senator Harradine's amendments (7) and (8). Senator Harradine will be aware that the Prime Minister is taking a very keen interest in this debate and I will ask that the issue that you have raised be brought to his attention. But—as I said to you—I cannot be in two places at once, although I would like to be omnipresent. In this job, very often I would like to be in four places at once. In fact, I said recently that only identical twins should apply to go into parliament now, because the demands on our time are so great. Dare I mention that we should be cloned! The Prime Minister has, up to now, in my discussions with him, talked about amendments to the customs regulations with regard to export. That is as far as we have had discussions, but I will make sure that Senator Harradine's comments are brought to his attention.

Question negatived.