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Thursday, 17 December 1992
Page: 5468

Senator TAMBLING (Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia) (1.26 a.m.) —I can accept the point that Senator Lees makes with regard to the plight of many farmers in Australia today. The other evening my colleague Senator Boswell very clearly outlined the situation in Queensland. His speech was very far-reaching and I would certainly commend it to anyone in the farm industry. Once again, we are seeing this typical Democrat rush to achieve things at the last minute—

Senator Kernot —Rush!

Senator TAMBLING —It is a rush. The amendments were made available at 2 o'clock today. Our position has been very clear. Our policy is well stated by the shadow Minister, Mr Bruce Lloyd. Certainly when in government we will amend this legislation to achieve all the objectives that we have put forward in our policy. We certainly will not be blackmailed by the Democrats on technical amendments that are rushed at the last minute, which have been proposed without the proper consultation with the NFF or, particularly, with the rural community, let alone parliamentary colleagues. We will not be supporting the amendments.