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Thursday, 27 June 1996
Page: 2379


Senator COOK —by leave—Mr Acting Deputy President, this issue has been bedevilled a bit by some things having to be put together at the last moment. So if we are absolutely sure, I would like to indicate that, because the opposition's amendments were not carried in the committee stage, our view would be to oppose the adoption of the report. I wonder if that question might be put again. There has already been a question put again.


The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Colston) —The situation is that the Senate has made requests now to the House of Representatives. Therefore, the bill will go back to the House of Representatives. If it comes back to the Senate, there will be an opportunity to vote against the third reading, if senators wish to do that. That might satisfy your concerns, Senator Cook, at this stage.

Sitting suspended from 1.55 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.