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Monday, 9 December 2002
Page: 7378

Senator BROWN (1:57 PM) —This is a complicated argument with good points on both sides. The Greens will be supporting the opposition amendments, effectively in opposition to this provision. There is always the opportunity for legislation to override a decision by the ACCC and there is always the opportunity for a ministerial statement to concentrate the ACCC's mind on what the government's concerns are. A disallowable instrument is not of itself adjustable, and that presents a difficulty. I take into account the minister's own words that the ACCC has a good track record and has the ability to look after the long-term interests of the end users under existing legislation.

Question agreed to.

Progress reported.