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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2331

Senator PATTERSON (5.28 p.m.) —The community affairs committee has already conducted a hearing on this particular part of the bill. People had every opportunity to raise the sorts of questions they are raising now—

Senator Kernot —We are entitled to do it in here, too.

Senator PATTERSON —I am not saying that people are not entitled to do so. I simply want to put it on the record that there have been opportunities outside the chamber for people to raise these sorts of matters. The Democrats referred this matter to a committee in order to have these very issues examined. We have a lot of legislation to get through. These issues could have been examined earlier. I want to put on the record my concern that the Democrats and Senator Harradine are choosing to look at these matters in this forum when they had an opportunity to do it in another. I would ask the Democrats and Senator Harradine in the future to take advantage of the opportunity they have to raise these matters elsewhere at a time when the minister has an opportunity to get information on notice. I do not find this the most acceptable way of dealing with these issues at this time.