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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8073


Senator O'BRIEN (2:36 AM) —The opposition has on the running sheet a proposal which is consistent with the announcement by Labor's spokesman on the environment portfolio, Mr Kelvin Thomson, for a five per cent mandated renewable energy target. We will be supporting that proposition; we will not be supporting a proposition for a higher target. Indeed, for reasons that I will elaborate upon later, I can indicate that we will be supporting our amendment in preference to the other amendments which refer to a five per cent target. Given that I think that makes clear our position on the amendment, I simply say that we will not be supporting it.