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Monday, 11 August 2003
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Senator JACINTA COLLINS (9:03 PM) —As I have already foreshadowed, Labor is opposing all the Democrat amendments. In relation to these, as Senator Murray has already indicated, Labor has put on the record its preparedness to move with appropriate measures regarding frivolous and vexatious behaviour and also that reinstatement should be the primary or the principal remedy. As I outlined in my speech in the second reading debate, we have already cast the approach that we think should occur in relation to those issues in a private member's bill, introduced by the member for Hotham. Our response to Senator Murray on this point is that we join with him in his desire to see those types of changes occur but the vehicle of this bill is not the appropriate way to do it.

I am sure the detail of these amendments, as they have been framed by the Democrats, is probably highly similar to what has been proposed already by the member for Hotham. In the context of this broader bill, where we are looking at a system that will be imposed on various state jurisdictions and in fact take the work from a number of state jurisdictions, we cannot support attempts to achieve those desirous outcomes through the vehicle of this bill.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Brandis)—The question is that schedule 2, items 1, 2, 3 and 5 to 13, and schedule 3, items 2 and 4 to 7, stand as printed.

Question agreed to.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —The next question is that Australian Democrat amendments (9) to (13), (15), (18), (19) and (25) be agreed to.

Question negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.