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Thursday, 24 March 1994
Page: 2176


Senator COOK (Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development) (12.00 noon) —I move:

  That the report of the committee be adopted.

In so doing, I acknowledge that Senator Watson will move an amendment, which I will accept.

  Amendment (by Senator Watson) agreed to:

At the end of the motion, add:

", and the Senate declares that its agreement, on the motion of the government, to make requests to the House of Representatives for amendments of the bill does not indicate that the Senate considers that requests are appropriate or that the Senate has formed a conclusive view on the application of section 53 or 55 of the Constitution to the bill".

  Amendment (by Senator Coulter) proposed:

At the end of the motion, add:

"and that the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs for inquiry and report on or before the last day of May 1994: the application and interpretation of the third paragraph of section 53 of the Constitution in relation to bills dealing with taxation".