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Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Page: 5950


Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (18:48): For reasons that were outlined in previous stages of this debate, the Greens will not be supporting these amendments. I am sorry to extinguish the small spark of hope that obviously still lived on in Senator Birmingham, but we will not be supporting these amendments. We believe that they are misconceived in intent and unworkable in practice. I think the minister is probably overdoing it a bit. I do not think that this is a ram-raid attempt to sabotage the whole basis of the NBN, but we do not believe that they would actually work, even though I think the opposition has made an attempt to solve a genuine issue. I will leave it there.