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Tuesday, 25 June 1996
Page: 2144

Senator WOODLEY(5.52 p.m.) —Clearly, Madam Chair, I was not going to speak again but Senator Brownhill provoked me, so here I am.

Senator Brownhill —I surely didn't provoke you?

Senator WOODLEY —Yes, you did, Senator Brownhill. I recall something you said a little earlier that I wanted to correct that relates to this amendment—that is, you do not want the government interfering in Wool International Holdings et cetera. In fact, by voting against this amendment you are allowing more parliamentary interference when you could have left the issue with the minister, as it was in the original legislation. You have introduced further interference, in a sense, by indicating that you will vote down this particular amendment.

You always accuse the Democrats of dastardly deeds in this place. Of course, we reject that accusation. On this occasion you will discover, in the coming days and months, that many woolgrowers are not very pleased with your actions on this occasion.