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Monday, 12 November 2018
Page: 7757


Senator WATT ( Queensland ) ( 15:54 ): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator WATT: I just want to put on the record that this also comes out of a Labor initiated inquiry and this is a co-sponsored motion by the Labor Party. Labor have, from the very beginning, indicated our concern that the opt-out period is not long enough to deal with the many concerns that members of the public have. We put forward amendments in our inquiry report, which the government has fortunately and finally listened to, but it is still our view that the opt-out period needs to be extended and that's why we are supporting this motion.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that general business notice of motion No. 1167 standing in the names of Senators Di Natale and Watt be agreed to.