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Thursday, 25 September 2014
Page: 7235

Senator JACINTA COLLINS (Victoria) (19:34): In indicating that our position remains as it has been throughout the non-government amendments, I would however like to indicate appreciation for Senator Leyonhjelm's constructive approach in relation to these issues. He put considerable energy and effort into both the consideration of this bill and also the committee stage consideration, and I should add into his submission to the joint parliamentary committee. While I understand there are some concerns about crossbench senators not necessarily being able to participate in detailed considerations, on the next occasion, as I understand, the second tranche will be going before the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee. From observing Senator Leyonhjelm's contribution here today, I expect he will continue to contribute through that process as well. I suppose I can only add, as I have said previously, that this is the first tranche and any outstanding issues of our consideration at this stage can potentially be addressed on a future occasion.