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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6289

Senator MURPHY (8:35 PM) —With regard to what is proposed in this amendment, in listening to the debate, as I have been trying to do, I am curious as to the minister's position that COAG agreed to this process for the purposes of having a review and therefore we cannot have any other review. Am I to understand that is essentially the position from the government's point of view? Is it the case, Minister, that the reason that you are not prepared to accept this amendment is that the review, as put in the bill, is agreed by COAG? If the minister can inform me of whether that is the case or not, it may save a bit of time.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Lightfoot)—The question is that the amendment moved by Senator Bishop be agreed to.

Senator Murphy —Mr Temporary Chairman, the minister can nod if it is the case. I just want to understand whether that is the case.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN — Senator Murphy, I cannot compel the minister to answer.

Senator Murphy —I know you cannot compel her.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN — Have you finished, Senator Murphy?