Senate debates

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Welfare Payment Reform) Bill 2007; Northern Territory National Emergency Response Bill 2007; Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Northern Territory National Emergency Response and Other Measures) Bill 2007; Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 1) 2007-2008; Appropriation (Northern Territory National Emergency Response) Bill (No. 2) 2007-2008

In Committee

5:36 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

The Australian Greens oppose part 8 of this legislation in the following terms:

  • (2)      Part 8, clauses 128 to 135, page 92 (line 2) to page 95 (line 2), TO BE OPPOSED.

We have just had the substantive debate on the Racial Discrimination Act. Part 8 includes more than the Racial Discrimination Act. We have had the debate on clause 132, which as I said is the substantive part of part 8. This part also includes the delegation powers and various modifications to the Northern Territory law—compensation for acquisition of property, various regulations and some Northern Territory laws—that will be excluded under this law.

The Greens—as I think we have stated on several occasions; on more than one occasion—oppose this legislation. We oppose the racial discrimination amendments and we oppose the other elements of this legislation. I will not go through again all the issues that we are concerned about around racial discrimination and these bills being excluded from the act. I think we have got that well and truly on record.

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