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Wednesday, 8 December 2004
Page: 41

Senator STEPHENS (12:38 PM) —The opposition have been quite steadfast in our position on clause 44 in the sense that, in agreeing with the comments of Senator Brown, we believe there needs to be much greater transparency. Our worry, of course, is that the current position allows for the Australian water fund to be used in the same way that so many of the other programs have been used recently by the government—that is, abused. We certainly do not want to see the Australian water fund go the same way. One of the safeguards we have is that these recommendations and this advice are made public; therefore, I indicate that we oppose clause 44, as amended.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Sandy Macdonald)—The question now is that clause 44, as amended, stand as printed.

Question agreed to.