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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 581

Senator CASH (Western AustraliaMinister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women) (11:01): In the first instance, I would advise—and I am sure you are aware—that a statement of compatibility with human rights has been completed in relation to the amendments in this bill, and the assessment has been made that the amendments are compatible with Australia's human rights obligations. A copy of that is available, as you would be aware. In relation to your specific question, I am advised by department officials that the answer is yes, the minister can take this into account.