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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
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Senator CONROY (12:50 PM) —Senator Cherry, I am very disappointed but not surprised to hear that once again the government has caved in to its large business mates and that it is interested in self-regulation. The fact that anyone who had a complaint with these organisations had nowhere to go seems to be a sufficient reason to say, ‘Well, there were almost no complaints.’ How circular an argument can you get? But, as usual, this government has the soft touch—the light touch approach to regulation. That is what we are seeing again today. I hope that the government, if this amendment passes—and there seems to be a fair chance that it will pass today—will take it away and just think about it. It will not be an impost. If complaints are as few as you say, Senator Coonan, there will be virtually no change to the way it operates. I urge you to reconsider and urge all senators to support this amendment.

Question agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendment; report adopted.