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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 1627


Senator MARTIN(11.29) —I wish to make two quick points. The Opposition's first point is whether the standard of English required is adequate for the rights and the responsibilities of citizenship and adequate for someone to be able to exercise his or her rights and responsibilities; that is, adequate to the purpose. The second point is that Mr Macphee did not think of this recommended standard of English by himself. I assume that, when he made his statement to the Parliament on 2 May 1982, that speech had been written by the very bureaucrats who are now feeding information through to the Minister for Social Security who is replying. Under those circumstances I go along with the information that was given to Mr Macphee in 1982.