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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5637

Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (17:50): I take exception to Senator Hanson-Young's previous comment. Obviously the mechanism that we have provided for the delegation to be scrutinised by parliament is for the specific purpose that it does not come into effect until it has been scrutinised and passed through parliament. That is a very sensible mechanism—not extending it to a longer period means there will not be any undue delay within parliament. I take exception to the way she characterises that point, because it was designed in deference to the opportunity for parliament to make sure the mechanism does not come into effect before it is scrutinised, as is the case, as she well knows, with the normal disallowance procedure.

Army tents are used for the Army; they are obviously an accommodation option that can be provided in the short term and the government is of the opinion that they would be adequate.