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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Page: 10388


Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (21:50): I have a final question. I know we have only 10 minutes left, and both Senator Di Natale and I have amendments to move. It is true what the minister says: there could be private system to link the machines. But with the provision that prohibits a national database, with the framework of the legislation, isn't there the potential that the Commonwealth cannot require the states to provide the framework—the architecture, if you like—to roll out mandatory precommitment? The bill could have the effect of machines being ready for voluntary precommitment but not for mandatory precommitment, because of that gap—the states could provide an impediment in relation to the scheme being rolled out on a mandatory basis if that is what a future Commonwealth government was of a mind to do.