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Tuesday, 25 November 1986
Page: 2714

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Community Services)(9.07) —The Government opposes these amendments for the reason that they would have the effect of a capricious application on ship repairers who have no part in, or control over, any industrial action which might trigger the suspension of the bounty. This was the very matter that the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills was concerned about and rightly criticised. It is the Government's belief that to remove the word commenced, while tightening the amendment in the way that Senator Chaney mentioned, tightens it with the side effect that it has this capricious effect on some ship repairers who have nothing to do with any industrial action of the type that we have rightly put in the legislation and which would trigger the removal of the bounty. For that reason I cannot accept the amendments on behalf of the Government.