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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8009

Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (10:17 PM) —I seek some guidance from the Democrats in relation to their amendments to the Family and Community Services Legislation Amendment (Special Benefit Activity Test) Bill 2002. My understanding is that they initially had two amendments as circulated on sheet 2778, but we have since had discussions that mean that the amendment circulated in their name on sheet 2798 actually replaces the need for the amendments on sheet 2778. I understand that we are looking at only one amendment from the Democrats, and that is on sheet 2798. I am getting a nod that that is correct. On that basis, I think we can proceed. Mr Temporary Chairman Watson, we have two amendments being moved tonight—one by the Democrats, and the government will agree with that; and one by the Labor Party, and the government will agree with that.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Watson)—I propose that we first deal with the Australian Labor Party amendments.