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Thursday, 16 December 1993
Page: 4807

Senator CROWLEY (Minister for Family Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (12.42 p.m.) —There is not much point in Senator Harradine asking again and again a question that is a distraction. The government's view, and my view, is quite clear in this legislation. We have foreshadowed an amendment. If the honourable senator wishes to have a debate about the Australian Bureau of Statistics definition and what I have said in other forums, or what I or anyone might mean by a self-defining family, let us do that in some other place during the International Year of the Family. What I did at the ABS was to read from the back of the ABS journal its definition. I do not wish to debate here what the honourable senator is ascribing to me; I think it is a matter for another place. He asks what is the cabinet's view and what is the government's view. That is the endorsed amendment in this legislation. That is beyond doubt.