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Thursday, 18 October 1984
Page: 2022


Senator ARCHER(9.42) —During the second reading debate on these Bills I raised some questions which were not answered earlier and which I would now like to pursue to some extent. The legislation is extraordinarily vague inasmuch as the industry has no idea how the legislation will operate. There is no information at all at this stage about what products will be subject to inspection. People in the industry have not been told, and apparently it has not been determined, whether every product, every batch or every order will be inspected. They are unaware whether inspection will cover both domestic and export manufacture because at the time of manufacture very few companies know whether their product will be all or partly sold. They do not know yet whether samples will have to be made up in one kilogram, 10 kilogram or 25 kilogram bags . They have not yet been able to determine whether separate storage arrangements will be required. They do not know whether inspections are likely to be carried out on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. There are problems, of course, of loss of sequence in keeping samples out then returning them to their rightful place.

The factories are to be registered and fees are to be charged but people in the industry have no idea of what scales of registration will be involved. However, it is apparent from the legislation that there are two different classes, depending on the performances of the factory. Of course, that in itself provides room for considerable subjective opinion on the part of various people. Before we give this Bill the clearance that is sought, we should at least be able to tell the industry to some extent the manner in which this legislation will be carried through.

Every factory is different, one from the other. Because of the nature of the business, factories are usually in diverse areas. How these inspections will be carried through economically is important. I know that factories in Victoria and Tasmania have been unable to get any information in spite of the fact that trials have been organised with a view to seeing how this arrangement is to be implemented. But as of about two days ago, to my knowledge they were no further advanced towards finding out exactly how this legislation will work. We are being asked to pass legislation although we have no idea how that legislation will work if it does work.

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