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Wednesday, 1 June 1994
Page: 1104


Senator ROBERT RAY (Minister for Defence) (5.17 p.m.) —The government opposes this amendment. We do not anticipate the need for any new or additional levies, but we do not wish unnecessarily to limit that aspect of the committee's functioning. The committee has tripartite representation and may see a need to make recommendations to the government on a variety of relevant matters during its remaining life. I stress that all the committee can do is to make recommendations to government. Any decisions on new or additional levies will be made by government.

  I think at one time it was said by the opposition that such provision was linked to the matter of a register and a return to jobs pool. This is without foundation. The amendments to the stevedoring industry legislation proposed in the bill do not signal a return to labour pooling. No pools are envisaged or proposed. For this reason the government does not agree to the amendment.