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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 605


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (12:46): You have moved your first amendment, Senator Ludlam?

Senator Ludlam: Yes.

Senator BRANDIS: Can I indicate to the chamber that the government will be opposing this and the other Greens amendments. The legislation, which I think even the Greens would acknowledge is a step in the right direction—although you do not agree, obviously, with every detail of it—has had to come up with a reasonably complex scheme. This is where we have landed having taken into account all relevant considerations in the interests of the various stakeholder groups and affected parties. We are satisfied that this is the best set of arrangements in the circumstances. They will not be improved by your amendment, so it will be opposed.