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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8086


Senator IAN MACDONALD (Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation) (3:42 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a third time.

I again indicate to the Senate the government's disappointment that, as a result of these amendments to the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2002, which will not be accepted in the House of Representatives, we will be left with legislation that will cause our regime to start to crumble. It is not, I am sure, what the Democrats wanted. I know it is not what certain members of the Labor Party wanted. I can only suggest that Mr Thomson is having internal problems with different factions of the party or that Mr Crean is scrambling to try and find some alternative approach. It is disappointing that this legislation will not happen.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a third time.