Senate debates

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Emergency Response Consolidation) Bill 2008

In Committee

5:27 pm

Photo of Nick SherryNick Sherry (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law) Share this | Hansard source

I do want to make it clear to the chamber that, in indicating that I was not going to speak on these consequential amendments, I was adhering to my earlier position consistently—we do not support them. But the debate has been well had, and they are consequential amendments.

Secondly, in terms of Senator Siewert’s comments, the government has indicated that it does want to ensure in future, and indeed has foreshadowed legislation to ensure, that provisions are consistent with the Racial Discrimination Act. We have indicated that, so I agree with you in principle. Whatever happens on this legislation, we will maintain that principle and we will be continuing to advance that legislation we foreshadowed next year.

Question agreed to.

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