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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Page: 25984

Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (1:38 PM) —The government's argument, of course, is that environmental and public welfare objectives are secured by the existing agreement and that there is nothing in the enabling legislation that puts them at risk. As I said last night and I have said again today, the government was interested in negotiating an agreement that improved access to the US market, but it was not prepared to do so at a cost to the environment, public health or public safety. Therefore, an amendment that simply repeats that situation is unnecessary. I will leave it at that for the moment.