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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5844

Senator SIEWERT (9:40 PM) —As I articulated earlier in the chamber, the Greens will be supporting these amendments. We are very concerned about these provisions because they are another example of the bill’s provisions for favouring governments over the key stakeholders. As I said before, it is no surprise that the government does not want the IGA fiddled with, because the states and the Commonwealth have conveniently agreed to give themselves extra voting rights under this clause in the legislation. While we do support the legislation, as I have said a number of times, we believe there are some problems with it and that these particular clauses have some significant problems. We believe that it would be a fairer and more effective tripartite organisation if the Commonwealth and state governments did not have the extra voting rights applied under this provision. We therefore support the coalition’s amendments opposing these clauses in the legislation.