Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital Territory) (13:14): On 14 October, young leaders from across the ACT converged on Parliament House to attend a youth leadership forum. I had the privilege of hosting a diverse group of young leaders at this event, which was as inspirational as it was informative.

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Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital Territory) (12:16): I will start with a response to Senator Siewert. This is not really at the heart of the issue of debating today, because we are talking about a particular scheme, but she seemed to be suggesting that the evidence that we heard—and we did hear evidence in committee that was quite compelling in terms of the viability of ADEs—is somehow not relevant. I think to the broader debate it is absolutely relevant, because if we do not have a scheme, if we do not implement a scheme that enables these disability enterprises to be viable, they simply will not happen and we will not have the opportunities for people with disabilities in these kinds of workplaces. That simply cannot be put aside.

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Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital Territory) (21:23): Before I get into some of the particular arguments around the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (Abolition) Bill 2014—and I will respond to some of what Senator Xenophon and others had to say—

Senator Xenophon: Please do.

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Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital Territory) (13:46): On 11 November 2014 Australia marked the 96th anniversary of the guns falling silent at the end of the First World War. It was a time of reflection for the world. I attended the national Remembrance Day service at the Australian War Memorial to pay tribute to the Australian men and women who have died and suffered in wars and conflicts in the name of our great nation.

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Senator SESELJA (Australian Capital Territory) (09:33): The government will not be supporting the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014. I will go through first broadly what the bill does and also the Greens' proposed amendment, which we will not be supporting either. I will go through some of the reasons why we take a different approach on this issue.

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