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Monday, 11 May 2015
Page: 2708

Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandDeputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, Vice-President of the Executive Council, Minister for Arts and Attorney-General) (13:07): The government does not support this amendment, merely because it is unnecessary. A review is already provided for and $150,000 of funding has already been allocated for the conduct of a review to commence in the 2016-17 year with an obligation to report to government by 31 December 2017. Senator Wright, you propose a review after two years. This was already announced, by the way, in the additional estimates. There is going to be review in 2016-17 with a reporting date of 31 December 2017—you were obviously unaware of it. In view of that, perhaps you might care to reflect on whether you wish to persist with this amendment.