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Wednesday, 5 October 1983
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Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Minister for Trade) —in reply-(5.21)-I thank honourable members for their contributions. In a few moments I will refer to some of the matters that were raised. The honourable member for North Sydney (Mr Spender) correctly drew our attention to the fact that there was an error in the explanatory memorandum. It was suggested that there would be a proposed new section 39B (3) of the Judiciary Act. That was a misprint in the memorandum. A late change meant that there was no need to insert proposed new section 39B (3). There was an amalgamation of ideas between the old section 39B (2) and proposed section 39B (3). The position is thus correctly stated in the Act.

The honourable member for Higgins (Mr Shipton) was thankful that a representative of small business was on the Economic Planning Advisory Council which, of course, the Government is very anxious to assist. The honourable member was somewhat critical of the fact that the Government did not seem to be doing anything to help small business. I remind him of the Government's very important philosophy of talking about venture capital. That will be one way in which small business will certainly be able to grow.

Another matter which the honourable member for North Sydney raised was a facility for an appeal in respect of jurisdiction under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act going to the Federal Court of Australia rather than to the High Court of Australia. I think there is some merit in what the honourable gentleman proposes and I will undertake to have that matter examined by the Attorney- General (Senator Gareth Evans). I thank honourable members for their contributions and I ask that the question be now put.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.