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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6300

Senator BARNETT (9:50 PM) —I support this amendment and make it clear that it is an important public policy issue that we are discussing. A Senate committee, of which I was a member with others, has just looked into this. We made recommendations and a report, which we tabled publicly. This is a very important matter. It is a watershed event in Australian political history. There will be a review, as set out in clause 25. As I indicated earlier, it will certainly avoid the release of any selective parts of the report for various agendas or objectives of the different members of COAG. This will eliminate that and ensure it does not happen. It is a good public policy position for this parliament to take, and I support the amendment.