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Monday, 21 October 2002
Page: 5533

Senator MURRAY (6:27 PM) —In view of the numbers, it is important that I record our view in relation to whether we will press for this amendment. As everyone knows, I and the Australian Democrats consider that the life gold pass should be abolished. We consider that it is an indulgent, unjustified and anachronistic waste of taxpayers' money. However, we are dealing with an amendment put by the Leader of the Opposition. We concur with that amendment. I invite you to remember that the committee unanimously said the following:

The committee also notes that, while in accord with the definition applied by the Remuneration Tribunal, the definition is inconsistent with that in the Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990. It considers that consistency should be pursued in definitions applying across related legislation, wherever possible ...

The Democrats will insist that the amendment go through.