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Thursday, 16 August 2012
Page: 5689

Senator LUNDY (Australian Capital TerritoryMinister Assisting for Industry and Innovation, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Sport) (22:08): This government has made no secret of the fact that it is in a situation where compromise is the right course of action. In establishing our expert panel and subsequently accepting and adopting its advice, we acknowledge that a solution has to be found urgently. We do not make any apology for that; it is what has to be done. Any differences with our Malaysia arrangement or variations to our approach now in accepting those recommendations have been necessary to progress this solution to stop the tragedies occurring on the seas. The Malaysia arrangement could have passed this place with the support of the Greens, and I note with concern that we once again find ourselves in a debate where the Greens, through opposing the government's legislation, find themselves in a situation where further compromise is being made and are levelling a complaint to the government for that.