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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 710

Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (18:28): These amendments relate to the removal of the mandatory minimum sentence provision. The government has put its position in relation to that. I will not canvass the arguments either. The amendments do weaken the legislation. Given the point of the legislation is to send a very strong signal to firearms traffickers, that is a great shame. The government will be opposing these two opposition amendments.

The CHAIR: The question is that items 2, 4 and 5 on schedule 1 stand as printed.