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Tuesday, 9 October 1984
Page: 1479


Senator JACK EVANS(5.36) —I move:

Page 6, clause 6, proposed new sub-section 10 (1), line 23, at end of proposed sub-section, add 'prior to 1 July 1985, but shall not so operate on or after that date'.

I will not repeat the arguments that were given earlier. I simply make the request again to the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Senator Button) that it would be helpful to us, and I believe to the industry at large, if he could give some indication of a timetable for ultimate total divorcement, whether we are looking two years ahead, five years ahead or 10 years ahead. That information would certainly provide us with some comfort. We believe in the principle, as I expressed earlier, particularly for this industry which is dominated by overseas controlled petroleum majors, that we need to give the local small businesses the freedom to operate without unfair competition at the retail level.