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Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Page: 5979

Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (12:08): I'm seeking the guidance of the committee. As I flagged, I have a series of questions around the bill itself, not just relating to these amendments. We can either deal with them now or vote on the amendments and then come back to these questions. I'm in the committee's hands, Chair.

The CHAIR: The question before the chair is that the amendments as moved by Senator Fifield be agreed to, then we're back in the hands of the committee as to how we proceed.

Senator SIEWERT: I therefore ask the minister, on the amendments, why specifically these amendments are now being moved, if it's not to reduce the ability of this place to look at the amendments and review amendments around these specific issues. Why are you doing it now when in the past you felt that the best way to proceed was to have them as disallowable instruments?