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Wednesday, 4 December 2002
Page: 7167

Senator BROWN (3:49 PM) —I oppose that motion. I realise time is short, but Senator Knowles knows that there are problems for medical indemnity organisations, particularly in Tasmania and Western Australia. We believe that they ought to be a matter of scrutiny.

Senator Knowles —Not in Western Australia they're not. Don't include Western Australia.

Senator BROWN —You have had your opportunity. Please give me mine.

Senator Knowles —I have not, but I will.

Senator BROWN —The fact is that Senator Knowles is wrong in moving to amend this Selection of Bills Committee report. We should be having an investigation into the matters as listed, because that would help sort out some otherwise quite big problems looming as far as the government's medical indemnity legislation is concerned.

Senator Knowles —Can I respond to that?

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —No. You would need to seek leave to respond.

Senator Knowles —I seek leave to respond to Senator Brown's comments.

Leave granted.