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Friday, 15 November 2002
Page: 6521

Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (1:31 PM) —I would make a very brief contribution, Mr Temporary Chairman Lightfoot, and indicate that the informal comment that the minister, Senator Abetz, made across the table is correct. There have been some difficulties today, as you are aware, with the shape of the legislative program in the Senate. The opposition does appreciate the fact that the Bankruptcy Legislation Amendment Bill 2002 is being dealt with in committee— because there were some concerns about dealing with the resumption of the second reading debate into the Superannuation (Government Co-contribution for Low Income Earners) Bill 2002 and the Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002. There have been issues of availability of senators around the chamber, and we do appreciate the government—

Senator Ferris —That was agreed to.

Senator FAULKNER —Yes. I am indicating that we do appreciate the—

Senator Abetz —We're here to help!

Senator FAULKNER —In your case, Senator Abetz, I am surprised to hear that. This will, I am sure, surprise other senators as well.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Lightfoot)—I am feeling rather superfluous here. I wonder whether you would be kind enough to address your remarks through the chair.

Senator FAULKNER —Mr Temporary Chairman, I would not want you to feel superfluous. I feel rather superfluous myself, and so I will sit down and commend the contribution that Senator Ludwig is going to make to this very important committee debate.