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Tuesday, 5 June 1984
Page: 2559

Senator CHIPP (Leader of the Australian Democrats)(10.29) —I move:

After proposed sub-clause 9A (1), insert the following new sub-clause:

'(1A) Where the Authority has made a request under sub-section (1) in relation to a matter relating to a relevant criminal activity, the Committee may, whether or not the Minister concerned, or all the Ministers concerned, have proposed to refer the matter to the Authority for investigation, give approval for the matter to be so referred by a Minister or Ministers.'.

The amendment clarifies the intent of the Government's amendment, in our view, that the Authority may make a request, even though the Minister does not propose to do so at that stage.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (Senator Gareth Evans's), as amended, agreed to.

Consideration interrupted.

The CHAIRMAN —Order! It being 10.30 p.m., under sessional order I put the question:

That the Chairman do now leave the chair and report to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Chairman having reported accordingly-