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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8039

Senator BROWN (12:03 AM) —I object to the fact that the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2002 is being brought in here at this hour on the last day of sitting this year. This is a major piece of legislation and it requires major amendment. The opposition, the Greens and the Democrats have all flagged major and important amendments to this piece of legislation and the government ought to have either held it over until the February sittings or, much better still, have presented this legislation to the parliament for consideration before this. I am not going to be an impediment to the bill, but the temptation to do that is very strong. Seeing that the government wants to bring this legislation on after midnight on the last day of sitting, I will not be under pressure to hurry it along. It is too important for that and the government must recognise that.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a first time.