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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8086

Senator O'BRIEN (3:40 AM) —Very briefly, the opposition cannot accept the undertaking that was given, that the minister will consider the suggestions. I did indicate that we were seeking something a bit more concrete than that. I accept that the minister is doing his job in trying to get the best outcome that the government sees fit. But the reality is that this is not an undertaking to do anything; it is an undertaking to consider doing things. That is not quite good enough.

In relation to the amendment, I could respect the position of the government more if they were to say, `This is what we can live with,' but the government are saying that they cannot live with anything. So we would rather have the amendment that we have moved than nothing.

Question agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report adopted.