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Tuesday, 3 December 2002
Page: 7038

Senator BOSWELL (Leader of the National Party of Australia in the Senate and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services) (6:12 PM) —I accept that, but I do think that I should state my position as I put it to the minister. I said to the minister that I wanted to recommit an amendment. She was not inclined to do so. I said, `If you do not do it, I will just circulate another amendment.' I understood that she said by way of response: `If you are going to do that, just go ahead and put up your original amendment. If you are going to do that, let us do it the best way.' Senator Patterson then told me to go and put it on the running sheet. I went and did exactly what she said, which was to put it on the running sheet.

It has come out on the running sheet now. Senator Patterson has refused leave with respect to what I understood she had already clearly given me leave to do. It is true that I did not talk to other people, including the Labor Party spokesman—and I plead guilty to that. But I was under the impression that if the minister gave me leave that would be acceptable. The minister now says that she did not. I have now circulated another amendment which I suppose will take up more time. But if that is the way the minister wants to do it, that is fair enough: we will go through the procedure. It could have been dealt with in about 30 seconds. To accommodate the minister, in an absolute act of goodwill and good faith on my part, I did give her some information that she wanted. She took that information and now that she has declined to give me the opportunity to present that amendment, I circulate another amendment and it will come up at some later time.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —It will come up at a later stage, Senator Boswell. We now move to Senator Harradine's amendment (4) on sheet 2696.