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Friday, 15 November 2002
Page: 6545

Senator O'BRIEN (3:28 PM) —Senator Ridgeway knows that the opposition is supportive of the development of a mechanism to investigate the matters he has just raised. Indeed, I am hopeful that the government will also be supportive of finding the appropriate method for the parliament to investigate this and to make recommendations to government to deal with an issue that is important. But we maintain that this is not the piece of legislation that provides the vehicle to deal with it. Specifically, amendment (3A) would insert a definition of words that appear in amendments (R4) and (R5), neither of which it would seem are going to appear in the act. I do not really believe it is appropriate that we put in a definition for words that would not otherwise appear in the legislation. It may be that Senator Ridgeway anticipates other amendments getting up that would put them in there, but I am not aware of those.