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Wednesday, 13 June 1984
Page: 2944

Senator WALSH (Minister for Resources and Energy)(5.19) —I think it is optional whether I speak now or after progress has been reported and the question of the resumption of the debate comes up. However, I have decided to speak now. The Government will not support Senator Jack Evans's motion for the reason that the time required for adequate testing in the courts of the Kelly and similar cherry- picker cases under the existing taxation Act is a good deal more than 12 months. I am advised that three years is a more realistic time in which cases brought under existing law could be expected to be finalised. Therefore, the Government sees no point in deferring this Bill for 12 months. If a majority of the Committee supports Senator Jack Evans's motion, that is beyond our control, but the Government's view is that the Senate should deal with this Bill today.