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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5244


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (11:08 AM) —I can only say this: I have no enthusiasm for this debate at all and I suspect, from the nature of the debate in the chamber here this morning, very few others do. We are dealing with the Members of Parliament (Life Gold Pass) Bill 2002 because it is on the government's legislation program, but I think that the minds of senators and, I suspect, most Australians are very much elsewhere at this stage. This request is a minor improvement to the legislation that the government has brought in. It makes this bill consistent with an act of parliament that the government has not tried to change—the Parliamentary Entitlements Act. I think it is a sensible request. As I said, I have absolutely no enthusiasm for the debate and I suggest that we just get on with it.

Question put:

That the request (Senator Faulkner's) be agreed to.