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Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Page: 5168

Senator CARR (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) (12:44 PM) —The government is providing the Greens senators with a letter similar to that that has been provided to Senator Xenophon outlining the measures that will be covered in the guidelines in terms of the accountability mechanisms. I understand that is on its way and I trust it will satisfy the requests that have been made of the government in regard to assurances on the accountability mechanisms. As a consequence, in the view of the government this amendment is not necessary, and we will not be supporting it.

Question negatived.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —The question now is that the bill, as amended, be agreed to.