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Friday, 15 June 1984
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Senator MESSNER(8.52) —I, too, do not wish to delay the Committee. I just raise the question, as did the Opposition in earlier discussions, of the definition of 'significant Aboriginal area'. I see that in clause 4 there are the added words 'particular significance to Aboriginals'. What I am really trying to get from the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes), with the best will in the world, is some kind of view as to whether the word 'significant' as used in clause 4 varies the meaning of the earlier use of the word 'significant' in relation to Aboriginal areas.


Senator Macklin —It is a narrowing of the class.


Senator MESSNER —That is the way it seems to me. I am rather--


Senator Grimes —What was that?


Senator Macklin —It is a narrowing of the class.


Senator MESSNER —I ask the honourable senator to let the Minister answer my question. It seems to me that there is a difference. I wonder whether it is simply a drafting problem or whether it indicates a difference of view that will apply in particular circumstances. I will not go on, but I think the Minister sees the difference. I ask him whether he can give us some idea of the position in his reply.