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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Page: 2837

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaMinister for Communications, Minister for the Arts and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) (10:35): ACMA will apply the grant criteria and, as with a range of grant programs, not every applicant meets the criteria; not every applicant is successful.

The TEMPORARY CHAIR ( Senator Bernardi ): I'm in the hands of the Senate. I do recognise that there is some discussion going on in regard to some amendments. I'll look for an indication as to whether those amendments are ready to proceed with. One option may be that the committee reports progress. I'm in the hands of the Senate. Minister?

Senator FIFIELD: I'll endeavour to be of assistance to colleagues, because we operate in real time in this place and we could all find ourselves, when presenting amendments, in a situation where the machinery is racing to catch up. I wonder if this may be of assistance: just looking at these two amendments sheets here, it looks to me as though it may have been the intention of the Australian Greens that the third amendment on sheet 8434 be circulated as a separate amendment, so that sheet 8432 stood as it was. If that's the case, then it might be possible for 8432 to be moved while amendment (3) on sheet 8434 comes as a separate amendment. I just offer that as a suggestion, as it may have been the intention of the instruction that the Greens gave.