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Wednesday, 16 March 2005
Page: 41

Senator CONROY (12:06 PM) —I thank Senator Campbell for drawing it to my attention: I am actually applying for your job rather than this particular one.

Senator Coonan —That’s not vacant.

Senator CONROY —I am working on it. Could I indicate Labor’s support for Senator Cherry’s amendment. I think it would help if the minister gave us the government’s thinking in terms of whether a background in consumer advocacy will be one of the key selection criteria that the government is seeking and whether she believes that, ultimately, that would lead to somebody with this sort of background getting there. That might help this particular debate because Labor does feel quite strongly about this amendment.