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Thursday, 11 May 1989
Page: 2400


Senator POWELL(11.20) —The Australian Democrats do not support this amendment. This is the usual nonsense that we get from the Opposition whenever equal opportunity elements are involved. It is the nonsense that equal opportunity legislation as it is coming through has anything at all to do with quotas, and the amendment is therefore entirely unnecessary. I am disappointed that the Opposition has persisted with this amendment since I thought that a journalist who said yesterday morning that wets and women might be the ones to benefit from the turmoil and changeover in Liberal Party leadership might have been correct. Obviously, that journalist was not correct and the Opposition persists in this madness.