Title BILLS
Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
In Committee
Database Senate Hansard
Date 23-11-2015
Source Senate
Parl No. 44
Interjector Edwards, Sen Sean (The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN)
Page 8698
Party ALP
Status Final
Speaker Wong, Sen Penny
Stage Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015
Context BILLS
System Id chamber/hansards/c3d90ba0-0cf0-40f5-b619-9d3ed6ad10bf/0279


BILLS - Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 - In Committee


Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (21:03): I do not quite understand what the minister is saying. This amendment plus No. 11 are seeking to put agribusiness on the same footing as other areas. As yet I am still waiting to hear from the government as to what their logic is in having so much more a restrictive a position in respect of agribusiness than for a whole range of other more sensitive sectors, which I have previously outlined. I am interested in that. I see Senator Smith here—he and others are very happy to write columns for The Australian Financial Review calling for a more open economy, more rational economic debate, less protectionism, less populism. Well, you are going to come in here and vote with the Australian Greens! I hope that you and Senator Seselja and Senator Ryan and a range of others who, I think, call yourselves 'the modest members', who pride yourselves on being the carriers of the Liberal tradition of economic rationalism, are enjoying the fact that you have done a deal with the Greens on economic policy, because that is what you are voting for.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN ( Senator Edwards ): The question is that opposition amendments (1) to (10), (12) to (14) and (16) to (21) on sheet 7778 be agreed to.