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Thursday, 4 December 1986
Page: 3405

Senator MESSNER(5.51) —While the Opposition is certainly very sympathetic to the general thrust of what Senator Siddons has just put to the Committee, unfortunately we cannot support the amendment. I will not spend the time of the Committee going into the detail of the argument in respect of each particular part of this amendment but suffice it to say that the Opposition has taken a decision that the Government is entitled to its Budget. Consequently, this legislation being a Budget measure, we will not seek to oppose it. Therefore we will not be supporting Senator Siddons's amendment.