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Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Page: 9586

Senator KIM CARR (Victoria) (11:14): I want to reiterate that this is not scaremongering. I acknowledge that Senator Lazarus is acting to pursue a particular concern that he has, but my concern is that this amendment does not do what Senator Lazarus was seeking to achieve. So it is not scaremongering. I think this is badly worded. I am going to presume that it was written up on departmental advice from the way it is structured, but it is very badly worded and it is wide open for a future secretary to interpret words such as 'national importance' and 'licensed occupation' to be much broader than airline pilots, much broader.

Senator Birmingham: On a case-by-case basis.