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PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) (CASH BIDDING) AMENDMENT BILL 1985

The Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans), pursuant to leave granted this day, presented a Bill for an Act to amend the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 to provide for the granting of exploration permits by way of cash bidding, and for related purposes.

On the motion of Senator Gareth Evans the Bill was read a first time.

Suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Gareth Evans, pursuant to contingent notice, moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Gareth Evans moved-That this Bill be now read a second time.

On the motion of Senator Reid the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.