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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
Page: 12606

Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate) (8:19 PM) —We do need to solve this minor procedural tangle. I think this one has got past us all. Thankfully, the clerks have been very diligent here and are able to assist us.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —And the chair.

Senator FAULKNER —No, I deliberately said `the clerks', Mr Temporary Chairman Chapman, but if you want the credit I will note that you were at the table when this happened and say no more. The situation is this: the opposition amendments did amend the three government provisions here. The government's amendments delete the provisions. I think the spirit of what we are trying to do here is to pass the amended provisions. Can I suggest that the appropriate course of action here is for the minister to seek leave to recommit those amendments. The majority who clearly would negative the amendments will mean that the amended provisions will stand.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —That is correct as I understand it.