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Tuesday, 30 November 2004
Page: 61

Senator BARTLETT (Leader of the Australian Democrats) (4:23 PM) —I thank the Labor Party for their pending support for the Democrats' disallowance motion. I do not believe anything the government representative said then seriously addressed the concerns that I have. This is not the most major issue the Senate is going to debate today or in the next couple of weeks, but it is nonetheless an appropriate matter for us to consider. I am pleased that Labor is supporting this disallowance motion to prevent dangerous dogs from being imported into Australia for scientific purposes in the future. I think it is a bit unfortunate that Labor is willing to wave through the Senate a whole raft of other legislation that is dramatically expanding—with grossly inadequate controls—the powers of the government in the areas of police and intelligence agencies to spy on Australians, but at least it is willing to support us in preventing the government having this small extra discretion in another area where there are not adequate controls. I thank Labor for that. I reinforce my point that this emphasises the need for a more coherent system, for a national approach, overseeing the use of animals in experimentation, tracking them and justifying that use much more than is done currently.

Question agreed to.