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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6300

Senator MURPHY (9:46 PM) —I move:

Clause 25, page 14 (line 13), after “Governments”, insert “and both Houses of the Parliament”.

I think it is useful that a report that is prepared on legislation passing through the parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia be tabled in both houses of this parliament. I am going to take a very brief time to talk to the amendment because we have had a long discussion about much of the issue of the review of the act. If we are able to incorporate this into the provisions of this bill and it becomes part of the act, I think it will help a lot of people by taking out a lot of the heat about exactly to whom the report, parts of the report or findings of the report might be made available. It does not take away anything from the Council of Australian Governments, but it does add to the public aspect of a review of this act. I think that people would feel much more comfortable if they knew that such a report, once written, would be tabled in both houses of this parliament as well as being given to the Council of Australian Governments.