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Tuesday, 6 June 1989
Page: 3475


Senator POWELL(9.11) —I am fascinated by Senator Alston's comment, which I will paraphrase, as I do not claim to be able to quote it directly, that we should be able to trust the suppliers; that they would not in any way want to damage the network. We are talking about private sector suppliers and a public sector network, a network which Senator Alston has actually threatened in moving earlier amendments to enable the development of private networks much more readily than the legislation will allow. So I find those comments rather extraordinary. We do not support this amendment, but I felt it worth commenting on this occasion.

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Alston's) be agreed to.