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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6296

Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (9:21 PM) —I think most senators in the chamber would realise that it would be a COAG report. I am not in a position to make a commitment on behalf of COAG. On an issue such as this, I would anticipate that COAG would make the findings public. As I said, if the report recommended amendments and they wanted the amendments, it would be very public, because the amendments would have to come through here. I keep saying that. I cannot give an undertaking on behalf of COAG. I will ensure that it is brought to COAG's attention that it was the wish of the Senate that this report be made public, and the premiers, chief ministers and the Prime Minister of the day will have to make a decision on that, given the expression of the wish of the Senate.