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Wednesday, 8 December 1993
Page: 4193


Senator SHERRY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) (6.31 p.m.) —There are two reasons being advanced as to why this motion for the suspension of standing orders should be carried. One is that there are too many amendments and the other is that there is allegedly new subject matter being dealt with. Firstly, in terms of there being too many amendments, I can recall dealing, on behalf of the government, with seven very complex bills on superannuation regulation. There were over 100 amendments to that legislation. So the number of amendments in itself is not necessarily a reason for referring the legislation back to the committee.

  With regard to the second matter, frankly, the opposition should be welcoming these amendments because they arise from matters that were raised in committee. They define in much more detail the issue of paid rates award. It is not introducing a new principle or function of the legislation. I remind honourable senators what happened in Victoria and Tasmania. There was not eight months in which to consider industrial legislation in those states; they got eight or nine hours. (Time expired)

  Question put:

  That the motion (Senator Hill's) be agreed to.