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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8037

Senator ALSTON (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (11:50 PM) —To clarify the matter for Senator Murray's benefit, the government are not prepared to cut the period of exclusion back from 12 months to six months. If this amendment is carried, I will foreshadow that we will be most unlikely to be supporting any other amendments, and on that basis the bill will be going back to the House of Representatives where I am sure they will insist on the view that I have outlined.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Cherry)—The question is that the amendments moved by Senator Ludwig be agreed to.

Question agreed to.