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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 7845

Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (10:41 AM) —I would like to make the position of the government clear. The opposition seeks to amend the government's proposed amendments. If those amendments succeed then the government will not be supporting its own amendments, which would then be in an amended form. We believe that the government amendments per se are sufficient. They carry out the recommendations of the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee. The opposition amendments would bring in an aspect which would change the regime of the bill. We have spoken at length about that previously and I will not go over that again. In case people think it is odd that the government opposes its own amendments when amended, that is why.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Cook)—There are two lots of amendments before the chair: government amendments (19) and (20) and opposition amendments (1) to (3). The question is that opposition amendments (1) to (3) be agreed to.

Question agreed to.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —The question now is that the government amendments, as amended, be agreed to.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.