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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 917

Mr SPENDER(4.53) —That amendment is opposed very simply on the basis that the Opposition opposed the original clause 6 for the general reason that I outlined, and that is that it was one of the provisions which worked against the general integration and cross-vesting of the jurisdictions of the various courts. A number of amendments are being moved by the Attorney-General (Mr Lionel Bowen) and by me. Although the Opposition regards this as an important Bill, I do not think it is necessary to underline its importance by dividing on every provision which we put up and which is not agreed to by the Attorney-General or any provision which the Attorney-General puts up and to which we do not agree. I do not want it to be thought that in not dividing and not taking the heroic step which is so frequently taken in this House I treat the Bill any less importantly than other Bills. I most certainly do not because it is a most important package of legislation.