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Wednesday, 17 November 2004
Page: 114

Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) (3:58 PM) —I need to sum up briefly and to respond to a couple of things that Senator Nettle has raised. Firstly, she makes the point that the government has sought exemption from standing order 111 for a number of bills. I congratulate the senator on her observation. The reality is that if the government does not seek exemption from the cut-off in standing order 111 there will be no legislation to deal with in the next 2½ weeks. The government is required to seek the Senate's approval to handle its legislation agenda. If Senator Nettle is implying that we should not be seeking exemption from the cut-off then the levels of absurdity of the Greens go beyond what I even imagined. Secondly, this bill was introduced into the parliament back in August. This is the first time that I, as retiring Manager of Government Business—this is my first day as acting manager—have been told by the Greens that they have some issue with this. I am not sure that they told us that they were not going to allow us formality for these motions.

Senator Chris Evans —It's the first time anyone has ever called you `retiring'.

Senator IAN CAMPBELL —Or shy! Normally in the Senate, if senators want to have bills considered by a committee—if they have concerns about them—they go to the Selection of Bills Committee or they seek to have them referred to a committee. The Greens have not even done that. So once again we have a stunt from the Greens, a time-wasting stunt. They have not used the forms of the Senate, they have not sought to have these bills referred to a committee and they object to the cut-off order. They would have the Senate do absolutely nothing for the next 2½ weeks. Once again, it shows that the Greens cannot be taken seriously. I commend the Australian Labor Party for agreeing to debate these important bills so that we can talk about something of substance and not arcane procedural abuses by these so-called Greens senators.

Question agreed to.

Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Western Australia—Minister for the Environment and Heritage) (4.00 p.m.)—I move:

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills:

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2004

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2004

Aviation Security Amendment Bill 2004

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2004

Health Legislation Amendment (100% Medicare Rebate and Other Measures) Bill 2004

Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill 2004

National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) Bill 2004 and National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2004

Schools Assistance (Learning Together--Achievement through Choice and Opportunity) Bill 2004 and States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Legislation Amendment Bill 2004

Superannuation Legislation Amendment Bill 2004

Surveillance Devices Bill 2004

Telecommunications (Interception) Amendment (Stored Communications) Bill 2004

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Investment Program Amendment (Post-2005 Scheme) Bill 2004 and Customs Tariff Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Post-2005 Arrangements) Bill 2004

Vocational Education and Training Funding Amendment Bill 2004

Workplace Relations Amendment (Agreement Validation) Bill 2004.