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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2043


Senator MACKLIN(9.43) —I move:

7. Page 11, after sub-clause 26 (1) insert the following new sub-clause:

'(1A) Without limiting the generality of sub-section (1), a notice under that sub-section shall be published in each State and the Australian Capital Territory by being published in at least one newspaper circulating generally in that State or Territory.'.

9. Page 15, after sub-clause 32 (1), insert the following new sub-clause:

'(1A) Without limiting the generality of sub-section (1), a notice under that sub-section shall be published in each State and the Australian Capital Territory by being published in at least one newspaper circulating generally in that State or Territory.'.

17. Page 20, clause 40, at end of clause, add the following new sub-clause:

'(2) Without limiting the generality of sub-section (1), a notice under that sub-section shall be published in each State and the Australian Capital Territory by being published in at least one newspaper circulating generally in that State or Territory.'.

These amendments seek to systemise the advertising, whether it be for an agent organism, a target organism or the giving of notice to the public that an inquiry is to be held. If we look at page 7 of the Biological Control Bill, we see that clause 17 (1) states:

Where the Council has recommended to the Authority that organisms of a particular kind should be target organisms the Authority shall publish in the Gazette and in such newspapers or journals as the Authority considers appropriate a notice that the Authority is contemplating declaring those organisms to be target organisms.

Clause 17 (2) states:

Without limiting the generality of sub-section (1), a notice under that sub- section shall be published in each State and the Australian Capital Territory by being published in at least one newspaper circulating generally in that State or Territory.

That is an excellent provision. Firstly, it puts the recommendation in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, that very widely read journal in Australia that is on everybody's lips and in everybody's home! Beyond that very readable journal, it is also going to be in a newspaper, so that Australian citizens who are not so wrapped up as to get a copy of the Gazette will get their daily copy of a newspaper and they will be alerted to what is going on. They will therefore be able to take part in the process which is set down in this Bill. In other words, the public will be involved. Clause 26 (1) on page 11 of the Bill states:

Where the Council has recommended to the Authority that prescribed . . . organisms of a particular kind should be agent organisms, the Authority shall publish in the Gazette, and may publish in such newspapers or journals as the Authority thinks appropriate, a notice that the Authority is contemplating declaring those organisms to be agent organisms.

The next clause is eliminated. We find an identical situation with clause 40 of the Bill. Presumably what happened was that the person who typed it forgot to type in the next clause because there is absolutely no reason why target organisms, agent organisms and the giving of notice to the public of an inquiry ought not to be done in an identical fashion. I believe that the provisions of clause 17 (2) are the very provisions which ought to be inserted in other clauses of the Bill so that the protection, knowledge and information which are provided to the public, as so ably set out in clause 17 (2) which states that a notice shall be published in every Territory or State in at least one newspaper circulated generally in that State or Territory, would be provided in other areas. As a result very adequate and useful information would be provided to the public. I commend to the Government that it adopt the provisions of clause 17 (2 ) in other clauses of the Bill.