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Friday, 28 November 1986
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Senator GARETH EVANS (Minister for Resources and Energy)(12.15) —in reply-I am indebted to the Senate for its support for this measure, not least since, as has been stated, it has been 23 years in the making. The Parliament did make one desultory little gesture in the direction of the implementation of the Manning Report of the Committee Appointed by the Commonwealth Government to Review the Bills of Exchange Act 1909-58 by an amendment to the Act in 1971. It has taken us another 15 years to move to the extent that we have. I think the enormity of this achievement ought not, accordingly, go unremarked. I thank the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a second time.