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Tuesday, 25 November 1986
Page: 2700


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(6.11) —by leave-I move:

(1) Page 4, clause 11, leave out all words after `by omitting sub-section (11)'.

(2) Page 5, clause 12, leave out all words after `by omitting sub-section (11)'.

The amendments seek to remove or delete the so-called orderly development provisions of the Bill which give the Minister discretion to refuse the registration of premises or persons if he believes that such registration would not be in the interests of the industry's development. When these clauses were introduced in 1985 I expressed reservations about them on behalf of the Opposition. I expressed reservations in the Senate about the need for `some form of mechanism to keep people out and to make judgments about who should be entitled to a bounty and who should not'. The Opposition, having given this matter further consideration and noting that the Government is now taking this as a standard provision to give the Minister the power to restrict entrance into various industries, has taken the view that it should oppose these provisions. We believe that whilst the Government is acting with the best of intentions of trying to avoid fragmentation of Australian industry, it is in fact simply putting in place more bureaucratic interference with industry of a type which, in the past, has, in the end, simply added to costs and to the inflexibility of Australian industry.

The Australian Democrats will be moving some other amendments. However, I have moved the amendments to clauses 11 and 12, which have been circulated in my name, for the reasons that I have just briefly outlined and for the reasons that are in the speech I made at the second reading stage.