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Thursday, 11 October 1984
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Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(10.47) —Like Senator Martin, I think I have said enough about the reasons for the Government's wishing to proceed in the way it has with this clause. We went through that debate during the second reading stage of the legislation. I accept, as Senator Martin says, that it is the feeling of the majority of the Senate that this clause should be opposed and that therefore we will revert to the previous situation. As a result, the consequential amendments which Senator Martin, the deputy clerk, the officers and the rest of us have all had a look at will, of course, be necessary. I accept that too. I have it, on the advice of departmental officers, that the amendments are all correct and proper. The buck has to stop somewhere; it will eventually stop with me.

Senator Macklin —How are we going to deal with them?

Senator GRIMES —I suggest that, after the inevitable happens, either Senator Martin or I move the consequential amendments in toto, but that will be a matter for the Committee. As for the Schedules, I can see the point of what Senator Martin is saying. I will have the departmental officers look at that immediately . We certainly do not want to be left with a defective or too untidy piece of legislation. Perhaps I can put that matter on hold for a moment and make sure that any answer I give has a better chance of being accurate rather than trying to give it off the top of my head. We will return to this matter if we can.

Clause negatived.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Elstob) —Is it the wish of the Committee that the remainder of the Bill be taken as a whole?