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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2693


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I move the following amendment:

In sub-clause (3), after the word 'discretion', insert the words, 'after consultation with the appropriate Minister of the State concerned'.

Clause 18 (1) provides:

An approved regional organisation may apply in accordance with this section for the grant ... of financial assistance to a State for the purposes of the organisation or of all or any of the local governing bodies that the organisation is representing or on behalf of which the organisation is acting.

Clause 18 (2) provides:

An application under sub-section (1) shall be lodged with the Minister and a copy of the application shall be lodged with the appropriate Minister of the State concerned.

Clause 18, in its present form - that is, without the amendment - then goes on to provide that the Minister may, in his discretion, refer to the Commission - that is, the Grants Commission - for inquiry and report an application lodged with him and various other matters. The amendment which I have moved seeks to insert in sub-clause (3) words which will make that sub-clause read:

The Minister may, in his discretion, after consultation with the appropriate Minister of the State concerned, refer to the Commission for inquiry and report -

(a)   an application lodged . . . and other matters. I understand that this amendment will not be opposed by the Government. At page 2520 of Hansard the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) is reported as saying:

The Prime Minister in introducing this Bill used these words:

The grouping of authorities into regions and the approval of regional organisations will be carried out in full consultation with the States.

There is no reference in the Bill to consultation with the States. Quite clearly there must be consultation. This morning during question time I drew the attention of the Prime Minister to this deficiency in the Bill and he indicated that if I could provide a proposed amendment he would consider it.

The Hansard report then reads as follows:


Mr Whitlam - Would the Leader of the Opposition like me to intervene at this stage?







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