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Thursday, 10 May 1984
Page: 1904

Senator PETER RAE(11.28) —I certainly concur with what Senator Jack Evans has just said. I find quite offensive what the Minister has been suggesting as the justification for the Government's action. It just cannot be true. There is no reason why, the moment this Bill has been passed and receives royal assent, the new law should not apply and the existing applications be dealt with on that day by the Minister. Not a day need be lost. On the Minister' s explanation, retrospectivity is not needed. For the reasons that have been outlined, I find retrospectivity to be offensive.

Senator Gietzelt —You asked for an explanation; I gave it to you.

Senator PETER RAE —It was not a good explanation; it was an inaccurate one. The point is that the Bill will become law from the day on which it receives royal assent. From that moment it will be possible for applications in regard to exempt works which come under clause 5, paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d), which amends section 23 of the principal Act to be considered and approved by the Minister if he sees fit to do so. There is no need for retrospectivity, on the Minister's own explanation.