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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Senator CORMANN (Western AustraliaMinister for Finance and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) (21:25): The government understands and acknowledges the amendments being put forward by Senator Day. They do go beyond the scope, though, of the overall bill. Whilst the government cannot agree to the amendments as stated, Senator Day's intentions are noted, and the government will more than happily engage with Senator Day down the track, bearing in mind that there will be full public consultation on the establishment of this register. That is not within two years, as Senator Day indicated. The intention would be for that register of foreign ownership of water entitlements to be established within 12 months.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN ( Senator Edwards ): The question is then that Senator Day's amendments (1) and (2) on sheet 7810 to Greens' amendment (2) on sheet 7809 be agreed to.

Question negatived.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN: The question now is that amendments (2) and (1) on sheet 7809 be agreed to.

Question agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report adopted.