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Thursday, 25 June 2009
Page: 4300

Senator FIELDING (Leader of the Family First Party) (12:16 PM) —I seek leave to make a short statement about the Disallowance of the Export Control (Fees) Amendment Orders 2009 (No. 1). I was not able to get to the chamber fast enough when this matter was dealt with, and I know that leave was sought by others to make short statements.

Leave granted.

Senator FIELDING —I want to indicate to the chamber, in relation to the postponement motion by Senator Colbeck of the Disallowance of the Export Control (Fees) Amendment Orders 2009 (No. 1), that I was not in agreement with that being postponed. These fees come in from 1 July and will have an impact on a lot of businesses. I do not believe the package that has been negotiated will ensure that every person affected by these fees will be covered. Given that it is going to cost a lot of businesses in Australia an extra $40 million each year for the next three or four years, this is a huge issue. I want it noted that I would have preferred that disallowance was voted on and I would have voted for the disallowance. But it has been deferred to the next sitting period.