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Thursday, 24 June 2004
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Dr EMERSON (10:53 AM) —I will not detain the House much longer—though I think we will be detained for quite a long time on other matters in any event. But I thought I would take the opportunity to point out that Labor's position on this legislation has been well articulated by Senator Kim Carr in the Senate as the shadow minister for industry. I would pay tribute to a number of Labor members of parliament who have stuck up for this industry through thick and thin. They are the members for Bass, Braddon, Bendigo and Ballarat, the various members from electorates in and around the cities of Melbourne and Sydney, and those from electorates in the Illawarra. They have strongly represented this industry in the parliament.

They have strongly advocated on behalf of the industry because they know it is a significant regional employer. Sometimes that is lost in the debate: the importance of the textile, clothing and footwear industries in creating regional employment. That is why we urge the government to make sure that the money from the strategic investment program flows without any further delay. There is great opportunity at the high-value end of this industry, and we would like to see that money flowing forthwith. That is why we have moved these amendments.

The SPEAKER —The question is that the amendments be agreed to.

Question negatived.

Bill agreed to.