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Messages from the Senate, 6 December 2000, were reported:

(a) acquainting the House that Senator Gibbs had been discharged from attendance on the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and Senator McKiernan had been appointed a member of the committee—Message No. 520.

(b) returning the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2000 and acquainting the House that the Senate has considered message No. 609 of the House relating to the bill. The Senate does not further press its request for an amendment which the House has not made and agrees to the bill—Message No. 521.

(c) returning the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Bill 2000 and acquainting the House that the Senate does not insist on its amendments Nos 1 to 33 disagreed to by the House and has agreed to the amendments made by the House in place of amendments Nos 19 and 21 to 26—Message No. 522.