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CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION BILL 1985 CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION (TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS AND CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS) BILL 1985

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator Button)-That these Bills be now read a second time.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Chaney) moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ''That'', insert ''these Bills be referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations for investigation and report on the necessity for the creation of an independent Customs Service and, without limiting the generality of the reference, for report on- (a) the practical impact of the changes on the Service, the Minister, customs agents and the general public;

(b) what advantages flow from the proposed changes;

(c) the extent to which the changes add to or reduce the accountability of the Australian Customs Service;

(d) how the changes affect the role and responsibility of the Minister; and

(e) the cost of the changes''.

Debate ensued.

And it being 2 p.m.-