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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6301


Senator STOTT DESPOJA (9:53 PM) —I recognise that the minister did answer my question. I acknowledge that. I disagree with her answer in the sense that we are making a federal law at the moment and this legislation and this process give us the right to have this tabled. I do not see it as dictating or instructing COAG in any way. We are drafting provisions in relation to an independent review that will involve the states, the territories, the Commonwealth and, yes, COAG. But this is a federal piece of legislation and the law gives us the power to say, `We would like this tabled in the parliament.' There is absolutely no restriction in relation to this review being tabled in the parliament. We have the power to do it. Let us do it and let us hopefully shorten this debate.

Question agreed to.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Jacinta Collins)—The question is that schedule 1 stand as printed.