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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6911

Senator STOTT DESPOJA (10:58 PM) —I have to congratulate Senator Bishop on his convincing abilities.

Senator Chris Evans —Peace has broken out.

Senator STOTT DESPOJA —Not quite. One of the highlights of this debate was moving an amendment on sheet 1539 with Senator McLucas. At the opposite end of that is now, when I am one of the few people who do not necessarily think this is an appropriate amendment. I congratulate Senator Bishop; I can see the numbers in the chamber. It is not that I have a problem with open, accountable and transparent processes; I just think six months is quite onerous and prescriptive. I think I share some of the concerns that the minister alluded to.

Senator Patterson —It will be on the Net.

Senator STOTT DESPOJA —It will be on the Net and it will be accessible et cetera. While no examples spring to mind at the moment—I suspect that is due to the hour of the day—there have been cases put to us in recent times where there have been six-monthly reporting requirements and the government has said that it makes more sense to make them annually. I am out of sync with everyone on this. I am quite happy for this to be a Democrat conscience vote, but I am pretty confident that Senator Bishop has the numbers on this one. Well done.

Question agreed to.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator McLucas)—I understand that Senator Barnett's amendment (R4) on sheet 2694 is not going to be moved. We now go to Senator Harradine's amendment.