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Thursday, 24 June 2010
Page: 4408

Senator RONALDSON (5:39 PM) —As the 42nd Parliament lurches to an end, I suspect—

Senator Brandis —Slowly dying—not with a bang but with a whimper!

Senator RONALDSON —Slowly dying—that is probably a better way of putting it. The Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2010—everything bar the matter on which I intend to move amendments—was agreed through the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. We obviously support that as do, I presume, the minor parties and the government. We were disappointed that the postal vote application part of the bill under schedule 6 was inserted in what should have been a non-controversial bill. Given the hour, I will not make any further comments about that. I will make some very quick comments when we get to the committee stage.