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Friday, 28 June 1996
Page: 2576

Senator CHAMARETTE(3.00 p.m.) —I was amazed at Senator Short's comments. It was as though he had not been in this place and he did not think it was the role of the Senate to amend government legislation when it came into this place. It was as though he felt it was far too difficult to ask government to actually include something nice and something nasty in the same bill. I wanted to ask him what he thought we should do when the government puts nice and nasty things in the same bill and brings it here. This is democracy. We are simply playing our role in telling you there is a better way of doing this. There is no point in being petulant about it and laying the blame on us. The majority of the Senate has made a suggestion, it is our job to support that and to vote for it, and that is why we are insisting now.

   Question put:

   That the motion (Senator Short's ) be agreed to.