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Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Page: 60

Senator STEPHENS (Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector and Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Prime Minister for Social Inclusion) (6:35 PM) —I am sorry, Senator Joyce, that I cannot actually find any briefing around that issue. I have now sought some information for you, and thank you for your patience. There was extensive consultation. I now have a document that outlines how well the consultation process was undertaken and how extensive it was. Almost universally there was support for greater clarity for consumers. There was some concern by the Business Council of Australia that there may be some compliance costs and I would imagine that even you, someone who is a great advocate for consumers and for clarity, would recognise that they do have an interest that they are trying to protect. But from those that we all seek to represent we had genuine support for the exposure draft. The changes that were incorporated into the final draft reflect the extensive consultation around the issues.