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Monday, 20 December 1993
Page: 5338


Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Foreign Affairs) (10.55 p.m.) —Again, we are back to the argument about the operation of state laws of general application. It is obviously our intent—and we believe it is obviously the effect of the bill, and no subsequent amendment proposed will change this—that ordinary laws relating to bushfire controls and spread of noxious weeds, vermin and so on continue to operate with their full force and effect. There is nothing in the legislation which would suggest otherwise.