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Monday, 6 December 2004
Page: 119

Senator CARR (9:30 PM) —If it will assist the committee, might I explain the opposition's attitude on some of these amendments. I appreciate what the minister is attempting to do here; I am not unsympathetic to it. I do not know what the others have got to say on this matter. The opposition will be supporting the Democrat amendments relating to clauses 34 and 36—that is, Democrat amendments (13) and (16) on sheet 4436 revised. We will also, obviously, be supporting our own amendments (8) and (9) on sheet 4459. We will also be supporting Democrat amendments (18) and (19), also on sheet 4436 revised. If you were to put in one block those ones where there is support, I believe they would have the support of the majority of the chamber. I recommend we put the opposition amendments separately and then the four others which remain, which we will be opposing and voting with the government on.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Cherry)—Senator Allison, do you have a view on that?