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Tuesday, 18 June 1996
Page: 1721


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate)(5.31 p.m.) —Yesterday, in debate during the committee stage of this bill, I indicated that I would be listening with interest to Senator Margetts's eloquence in relation to her case for this amendment. I was certainly minded to support the amendment because it inserts in the preamble to the bill a reference to the desirability of ecologically appropriate housing. I made the point earlier in this debate that I felt that this was a better way of achieving this objective in the preamble of the bill than perhaps some of the other amendments that had previously been proposed by Senator Margetts.

I certainly want to say that the opposition does believe that it is appropriate and important that housing be ecologically sensitive. It is also important that this be referred to in the bill. I think the issue is best dealt with here in the part of the bill which explicitly recognises the adverse effects of the inability to obtain appropriate—including ecologically appropriate—housing.

In indicating that the opposition will support amendment No. 4, we will also, obviously, support the corresponding amendment to clause 4 where the aims of the bill are set out—I believe in amendment No. 13 that stands in the name of Senator Margetts.