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Thursday, 12 December 2002
Page: 8127


Senator NETTLE (6:14 AM) —The Australian Greens believe that we should continue to insist on the Senate amendments that we passed earlier this morning. The government have indicated in the other place that they are adopting some safeguards with regard to this regime, but they are not agreeing to the reductions in the breaching period or the changes in the rate of breaching. The net effect of this is that they are continuing with the status quo, not allowing for reduced fines and not allowing for fines to be recovered.

We do not support mutual obligation or its extension to the groups covered in this legislation. We supported the amendments at the committee stage as an improvement on what we perceive to be a harsh and punitive regime and we continue to believe that we should insist on those amendments so as not to continue to take away the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in the community.