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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2043

Senator MACKLIN(9.42) —I hardly think it is pedantic to require a reason for rejection when every person who spoke at the second reading stage knows that we are dealing with the very serious subject of biological agents, which is a matter of great concern to the entire public. The Minister is now saying that it is a bit pedantic to suggest that the Council has to give reasons for rejecting applications. If that is a statement on behalf of the Government, so be it, but I believe that in terms of this matter-a very serious matter-the Australian Agricultural Council ought to be required to give reasons to the public so that the public knows what is going on. So much for freedom of information.

Amendments negatived.