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Tuesday, 4 April 2000
Page: 15157

Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (5:36 PM) —The whip tells me that time is very short. Therefore, briefly, we reject what the honourable member for Wills has said. This government is the greenest government in Australia's history. We have made a massive investment in Australia's environmental future. With respect to the Greenfields amendment, I just want to stress what I said in the chamber last year: this amendment is unnecessary, as the government would need to make a regulation to make the Greenfields organisation a prescribed private fund. Even if the government were disposed to do so, which it is not, the Senate could disallow such a regulation. That is why we indicate that this particular amendment is unnecessary. The member for Wills regurgitated or plagiarised his own speech from last year, and we reject what he says. I move:

That the question be now put.