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Wednesday, 4 December 2002
Page: 7172


Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) (4:01 PM) —Madam Temporary Chairman, I had the chance to speak to Senator Harradine during the formal notices period and I tried to speak to Senator Brown, but he was bobbing up and down and moving motions very vigorously. I say to all senators that the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Patterson, is required to be before the ERC for a period. We tried to rearrange it but were unable to do so.


Senator Chris Evans —She'd rather be here, I'm sure.


Senator IAN CAMPBELL —She would rather be here. I have agreed to take the debate until she returns. She should not be too long; they are pretty ruthless in there. She will be back fairly shortly, so if honourable senators would put up with me for a little while I would appreciate it.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Knowles)—The committee is considering the Research Involving Embryos Bill 2002, as amended, and amendment (7) on sheet 2751 revised, moved by Senator Harradine. The question is that the amendment be agreed to.