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Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Page: 5467


Senator BOB BROWN (Leader of the Australian Greens) (6:21 PM) —Yes, the policy parameters do not exclude this amendment by the Greens. I am wondering why the minister is singling out an amendment from the Greens—it has accepted a whole tranche of amendments from the coalition today—when it obviously has merit. If there is a problem with it down the line, we all know that that can be fixed up. I am concerned that this is going on to the never-never. The minister has made no real commitment to getting back to the chamber with a determination on this matter, and I would like to know whether we can get an agreement that that will happen this year.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Troeth)—There does not appear to be a response to that, Senator Brown, so I will put your amendments (8) and (14).