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Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Page: 6860


Senator CAMERON (New South Wales) (18:02): Minister, as you are aware, Labor supports this bill. However, there are some issues that were raised during the second reading debate and an amendment was moved, which went to the issue of secure standards for labour rights, environmental preservation and protection of local communities that face displacement from large projects. These are, in my view and Labor's view, legitimate issues for concern. We did not support the second reading amendment because of the linkage back into a very low trigger for withdrawal from the bank. I ask whether these issues of labour rights, environmental preservation and protection of local communities have been discussed by government and what the government's position is on these very important issues.