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Wednesday, 4 December 2002
Page: 7201


Senator BARNETT (6:56 PM) —I have been advised based on the advice that you have been given by your advisers and that is on the basis that you do not have any regulations. That advice is based on no regulations being in place. This bill does not come into effect until 29 days after the royal assent. You have time to get your regulations in place, with the utmost respect. I urge all senators to consider carefully this particular amendment. If those regulations are in place, the advice that the minister has just provided is totally irrelevant and incorrect. She is correct, based on the advice given, if the regulations are not in place. The amendment puts it very clearly. It sets it out. Whatever is in the code now, you can just pull out and put into the regulations, and that is parliamentary scrutiny at its best. Let's go for it. This is a way to tighten the bill and it is consistent with COAG in terms of setting up a strict regulatory regime.