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Monday, 6 December 2004
Page: 119

Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs) (9:29 PM) —Despite some of the ungracious remarks that have been hurled my way this evening, and because of which I feel deeply wounded, I would like to make an offer.

Senator Carr —Are you going to accept our amendments?

Senator VANSTONE —No. I am going to indicate that we would be very happy if you wanted to deal with them in a block, so we could just get up and speak to the whole lot.

Senator Carr —For how long?

Senator VANSTONE —That is obviously up to Senator Allison. We can go through these bit by bit, if we would like, but there are not many more amendments left, unless my list is incorrect. There is one opposition amendment. The Democrats could move all of their amendments, if they choose to. That is up to them. I am just indicating that it will not worry us.