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Thursday, 18 September 2008
Page: 5169


Senator PARRY (6:18 PM) —I want to speak briefly on the matter. I think that Senator Fielding has misconstrued the report. It is not a recommendation; it is a suggestion for discussion. It has been circulated widely for this very purpose: to have discussion. We discussed it today during the adoption of the Procedure Committee’s report. While he has aired some valid concerns and some questions about the process, I am querying the reasons for the amendment. I might be incorrect, because it is only amending a suggestion. Is my interpretation of the amendment that has just been circulated correct?


The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The motion before the chair is that the Senate take note of the report, to which Senator Fielding has moved an amendment. I hope that clarifies things for you, Senator Parry.