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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Page: 26048

Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (6:17 PM) —I am told that Internet gambling is not unique in its reference. I draw the attention of the committee to the reference to social services in the agreement under the heading `Cross-border Trade in Services and Investment', where it says:

Australia reserves the right to adopt or maintain any measure with respect to the provision of law enforcement and correctional services, and the following services to the extent that they are social services established or maintained for a public purpose: income security or insurance, social security or insurance, social welfare, public education, public training, health, and child care.

That seems to me to be quite a broad reservation.

Senator Harris —Could the minister assist by giving a page number when he is quoting from the document? That would help us to follow where he is in the document.

Senator HILL —It did not seem to me to have a page number.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Lightfoot)—I understand the minister to say that yes he will, providing he has a number.

Senator HILL —Senator Harris, the number at the bottom of the page is `Annex II-Australia-4'.