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Wednesday, 25 November 1959


Mr HAROLD HOLT (Higgins) (Treasurer) . - in reply - I have already explained to the House the circumstances which made necessary the procedure that has been pursued. The overwhelming majority of members on both sides of the House have accepted that explanation and have concurred in the course which we have followed. I express again my appreciation of the consideration which honorable members from all sections have shown in this particular matter.

As to the points raised by the honorable member for Macquarie (Mr. Luchetti), I attempted to cover them substantially in my comments at the second-reading stage of the bill. To the exent that he has raised any point not previously considered, I will see that it is examined closely. I repeat the assurance I gave earlier in the course of the debate that should honorable members from either side or, for that matter, from both sides of the House, wish to have some reference with myself and my officers in the new year with a view to taking into consideration aspects of the legislation now before us, which, for reasons that are convincing, most honorable members desire to give a speedy passage in order to make available its benefits to members of the Public Service who are affected, that conference will be held; and I will look forward to receiving any constructive contributions which honorable members may make.


Mr Crean - Will the Minister consider the mechanics of the scheme apart from generalities?


Mr HAROLD HOLT - I do not say that the substance of the Government's policy will be revised; we have come to that quite carefully and deliberately. But in a bill of this dimension, it would be surprising if there were not constructive suggestions which could be presented from either side of the House, and they will be carefully examined.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.







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