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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 2959


Senator PUPLICK(9.47) —I move:

(1) Page 19, leave out sub-clause 19 (11).

Clause 19 (11) provides that Ministers shall have the power to deny the registration of a person, thereby denying such a person eligibility under the Act, if the Minister has informed the Comptroller that the registration of that person will not permit the orderly development in Australia of the industry comprising the production of bountiable books. I do not intend to take much time to go through this matter. This is a standard amendment which has been moved by the Opposition. I proposed to quote what Senator Chaney, the Leader of the Opposition, said in discussing the same amendment moved to the Bounty and Subsidy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1986 on 25 November. He said:

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.

Similarly, in talking to the Bounty and Subsidy Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1986 on 20 November 1986, Senator Chaney said:

We think the proper course is for the Government to limit entry by ensuring that the competitive pressures are so great that only those people who will be developing an efficient industry will wish to enter.

On 25 November 1986, in moving the same amendment to the Subsidy (Cultivation Machines and Equipment) Bill 1986, Senator Chaney said:

In fact we believe that the best way to achieve the orderly development of the industry is to ensure that the levels of assistance provided are not such as to encourage people to enter this industry unless they believe that they can be competitive.

In other words, the Opposition has consistently maintained that this attempt by the Government to regulate what it calls the orderly development of a particular industry in Australia is not the correct way to bring about rationality in the development of Australian industry and industry policy. We have therefore moved this amendment.