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Wednesday, 17 November 1993
Page: 3003

Senator SHERRY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) (12.34 p.m.) —The government's position is that we will also be opposing both of the Democrats' amendments. In terms of the first amendment, we, like Senator Watson, believe that the current definition in the bill is sufficiently broad to ensure that persons with a disability can be represented. In respect of the second amendment, clause 23(2) presently states:

The Tribunal may allow a party to a complaint to be represented by an agent if the Tribunal considers it necessary in all the circumstances.

If we amend the clause in the way the Democrats are suggesting, we are advised that that will, in fact, allow lawyers to appear before the tribunal in almost all cases—if not all cases. We believe that is undesirable. For those reasons, we will be opposing both amendments.

  Amendments negatived.

  Bill, as amended, agreed to.


  The bill.