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Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Page: 82

Message received from the House of Representatives returning the Water Amendment Bill 2008, informing the Senate that the House has: agreed to amendments (1), (9), (12) and amended amendment (16) made by the Senate, and disagreed to amendments (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (10), (11), (13), (14) and (15); and requesting the reconsideration of the bill in respect of the amendments disagreed to and the concurrence of the Senate in the amendment to amendment (16) made by the House.

Ordered that the message be considered in Committee of the Whole immediately.

House of Representatives message—

(1)    Senate amendment (16) (heading to proposed new Schedule 4 to the Water Act 2007):

         Omit “the recognition of Indigenous water rights”, substitute “Indigenous representation on the Basin Community Committee”.

Senator WONG (South Australia —Minister for Climate Change and Water) [10:07 PM] —I move:

That the committee does not insist on the amendments disagreed to by the House and agree to the amendment made by the House of Representatives to the Senate’s amendment.