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Monday, 30 August 2004
Page: 26719

Senator GREIG (8:37 PM) —Before we move to the committee stage of this bill, I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard the speech of my colleague Senator Natasha Stott Despoja on the second reading.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Lightfoot)—Is leave granted?

Senator Patterson —Mr Acting Deputy President, the normal procedure is to see such a speech before granting leave. Had I seen it, I most probably would have granted leave. I see opposition senators shaking their heads. Obviously they have not seen this speech either. Subject to seeing it, I would approve its incorporation, but we cannot just accept such an incorporation at face value.

Leave not granted.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.