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Thursday, 14 June 1984
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Senator PETER RAE(12.26) —I simply reaffirm that the Opposition opposes the Australian National Airlines Commission Retention Bill but does not propose to divide the Senate again. I make it quite clear that, in not dividing at the Committee stage, we were not doing anything other then saving time and that, in not dividing now, we are not doing anything other than saving time. We have expressed our views quite clearly. In summary, if the purposes and objectives outlined by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt) for Trans Australia Airlines are to be most successfully carried through, that could be done by making it a public company and not a statutory authority. That is the fundamental difference. I indicate that the Australian National Airlines Amendment Bill is a regrettable second best in the opinion of the Opposition. However, we do not oppose it. We continue to oppose, but without dividing, the repeal of our 1981 Bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a third time.

Senator Peter Rae —May it be recorded that the Opposition voted against the Australian National Airlines Commission Retention Bill without dividing. Both questions were put together. So the record is clear, I want it noted that the Opposition voted against the Retention Bill and for the second Bill.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Colston) —Senator Rae's comments are so recorded.