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Thursday, 25 August 1994
Page: 355

Senator BROWNHILL (Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia) (12.44 p.m.) —I would like to say a few words about the Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill. The major thrust of the bill is to extend the period of consideration of the applications of approved joint ventures and consortiums and approved training houses from 30 to 60 days, and to limit the life of the AJVC to three years with a discretion to extend the approval for subsequent three-year periods. The bill limits the maximum number of grants payable to any AJVC to five and provides ongoing review of AJVC and ATH status. It ties the overseas visit allowance more directly to specifically promotional activity. It provides the power to establish an accreditation mechanism for the export market development grants consultants.

  I have to say that this legislation would probably be one of the most amended acts ever before this chamber. Since 1988, six years ago, there have been eight amendments, including this current amendment. It is probably also no coincidence that this amendment follows—

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Calvert) —Order! It being 12.45 p.m., I have to suspend consideration of this bill.