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Thursday, 28 October 1993
Page: 2824

Senator BURNS (9.38 p.m.) —As chairman of the committee that reviewed the legislation, I want to make a comment. The legislation came about as a result of discussions with the growers' representatives. It was not just something that the government put down as what it thought to be the best proposition. It was made clear by those same people that it was important that people knew what was happening and how much wool would be sold out of the stockpile. They wanted that. The previous system had not worked and to their knowledge this was the best system that could be organised collectively, and that is reflected in this legislation.

  Why would people from the Labor Party come in here and waste the time of the Senate when they knew the legislation had been supported in the House of Representatives by both sides of the chamber and was going to be supported here? I certainly do not believe that the propositions put by Senator Woodley are really in the interests of woolgrowers. Therefore, I oppose the amendments and support the legislation.

  Question put:

  That the amendments (Senator Woodley's) be agreed to.