Senate debates

Monday, 19 March 2012

Committees

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee; Reference

6:28 pm

Photo of Nick XenophonNick Xenophon (SA, Independent) Share this | Hansard source

Can I indicate—in less than a minute or so—that I will be supporting this motion, for these reasons. I believe the amendments moved by the government in the other place were significant and that those amendments ought to be the subject of scrutiny by the committee. Not to do so would, I think, be abdicating due process in relation to this. I do not think we need a long inquiry, but I think it would be important to look at that to build on the work of the legislation committee and the thorough way that it examined this legislation. So in the circumstances I support the motion, but that does not mean that I support the coalition's position in relation to this bill. But I do sup­port appropriate processes being followed.

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