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Thursday, 24 March 1994
Page: 2278

Senator SPINDLER (6.49 p.m.) —The bill currently has no provisions which curtail the opportunity for forum shopping and our amendment will reduce that likelihood. The government's amendment seeks to restrict that in a particular way by ensuring that the provisions of common law still apply in this situation, and we therefore accept it.

Senator O'Chee —Mr Temporary Chairman, I draw your attention to the state of the chamber.

Senator Vanstone —I raise a point of order, Mr Temporary Chairman. Will the quorum be called off or stopped when we get to the time for the dinner suspension?

  The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Herron)—Yes.

The bells being rung—

Sitting suspended from 6.50 to 8.00 p.m.

Senator SPINDLER —Just before we rose for the dinner suspension I was addressing the government's amendment to Australian Democrats amendment No. 3. When commenting on it, I was looking at the wrong sheet. I should have said that the government's amendment confines the effect of our amendment to the Australian Federal Police. My attention has also been drawn to the fact that the government's amendment would be improved if an `and' was added at the end of the words that form the amendment. The minister may wish to arrange that. As I have said before, we do support the substance of the amendment.