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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8084

Senator BROWN (3:31 AM) —I support the amendment. It is exactly the same as the Greens amendment. It is about maintaining public input because the amendment prevents the government from being able to remove clause 161 subsection (ii) of the bill which simply says:

Draft regulations must be made available for public comment for a period of not less than 30 days before the regulations are made.

I hope that the Labor Party is going to support the amendment because otherwise you are knocking out public input.

Question agreed to.

Senator Ian Macdonald —I ask you to call the previous amendment, opposition amendment (2), again.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Bolkus)—I clearly called it the first time, Senator Macdonald.

Senator Ian Macdonald —My advice from the Clerk is that the process to have that incorrect call rectified is to ask you to reput the vote.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —No-one has called it incorrect but, for the sake of convenience at this time of the morning, I will put again opposition amendment (2), moved by Senator O'Brien: the question is that opposition amendment (2) be agreed to.

Question agreed to.