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Monday, 14 March 2005
Page: 111

Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs) (8:55 PM) —I seek the Senate’s indulgence. We could deal with this matter when the bill comes back from the House of Representatives but, if the Senate is happy, I would prefer to have a division at this point with respect to Senator Carr’s amendments.

Senator Carr —They have already been dealt with.

Senator VANSTONE —I realise they have been. I am asking if we can go back. If we cannot, we will deal with them in the House of Representatives. I just think it might be convenient for the government to get an indication of other views across the board. I know the view of the Greens, I know your view and I know the view of the Democrats. But there are some Independents who might care to express a view. If you do not want to then we will not. It is clear that you have a majority.

Senator Carr —That is right. Is the government proposing that all the amendments be recommitted or just the bill? What motion do you want to divide on?

Senator VANSTONE —My proposal is that the vote on your amendments be recommitted. I think that would be helpful.

Senator Carr —Just on those regional councils’ issues?

Senator VANSTONE —Just your amendments.

Senator Carr —Okay.

Senator VANSTONE —I move:

That the bill be recommitted.

Question agreed to.