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Monday, 6 December 2004
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Senator NETTLE (12:35 PM) —I wish to register that the Australian Greens also have concerns about the Copyright Legislation Amendment Bill 2004. The letters about these amendments were only made available on Friday, and we saw the legislation just last week as well. Our office has been having discussions primarily with the players in the industry but also with community groups that are also looking at these issues. With almost every phone call to alert a different group to this legislation, we are receiving in response a range of different queries and question marks that those industry groups have about the implications of this legislation—issues that we have not been able to get our heads around or understand. Each time a different industry group are contacted, they come back with a whole range of other concerns. I think to propose that this type of legislation be dealt with by the end of the week is to rush through the legislation, and certainly the industry groups that we have been speaking with are only just being made aware of both the legislation itself and the consequences of the legislation.

I understand that there were reports in today's newspapers that the United States did not feel that this legislation needed to be dealt with by the end of the year. I think that Christmas and the summer break would be a fantastic opportunity for those people in the industry who will be impacted by the legislation to get their heads around it and work with consumer and community groups to put forward their particular concerns about this legislation so that it can be properly debated in the new year.


The PRESIDENT —The question now is that the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the James Hardie (Investigations and Proceedings) Bill 2004 and the National Water Commission Bill 2004.

Question agreed to.


The PRESIDENT —The question now is that the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the Copyright Legislation Amendment Bill 2004.

Question agreed to.


Senator Bartlett —I ask that the Democrats' and the Greens' opposition to that motion be recorded.