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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2046


Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(9.59) —The reason for going to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal would be to oppose the decision. I fail to see what advantage there is in having a provision whereby in an emergency in which an emergency decision must be made to deal with the problem, we would have at the same time a public inquiry running in parallel with that which may or may not agree with the decision, I suppose. I am not sure that there is any evidence, either, that such a public inquiry would be less expensive than going to the AAT. I repeat: The Government and the State governments do not believe it is necessary, nor do we believe it has the anti- democratic aspects that Senator Macklin claims. We oppose the amendments.