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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1419


Senator NEWMAN(6.00) —I am not satisfied with the Minister's answer to that question. Having regard to the title of the Bill, I would have thought that it was absolutely essential to say that the object of the Act is to set up an inquiry to do X, Y or Z. I think it is another example of the very hasty drafting that we know has gone into this legislation and it is most unsatisfactory. The object clause has been drafted far too widely. The neanderthal senator from Tasmania, the Australian Democrats senator on my left, is mumbling. It is a pity that he is not a little quieter and that he does not try to learn, because this afternoon we have been subjected to his inaccuracies and I feel he has a lot to learn. The answer that has been given in relation to clause 4 is quite unsatisfactory. I am hoping that the Minister will be able to produce an amendment which will make this object clause much more limited in its scope.