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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2700


Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (Leader of the Opposition) - I was gagged on the last amendment because the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) apparently did not want to have me answer the continual misrepresentation that he makes. The 4 amendments which I put to him arising out of my question in the morning had no relationship in any shape or form to this issue of clause 17 dealing with 'instrument in writing or regulation'. It had relation to 3 of the amendments related to consultation with the States. It was the issue of consultation with the States. That had to be rendered in 4 separate amendments. They are:

Clause 17, page 6, after the word 'may' insert the words 'after consultation with the appropriate Minister of the State concerned'.

Clause 17, page 6, line 24, after the word 'may' insert the words 'after consultation with the appropriate Minister of the State concerned'.

Clause 18, page 6, line 40, after the word 'may' insert the words 'after consultation with the appropriate Minister of the State concerned'.

Those 3 amendments dealt with that question. The fourth amendment was:

Clause 18, page 7, line 10, after the word 'Minister' insert the words 'and to the appropriate Minister of the State concerned'.

That is to whom the report goes. That was the substance of a separate amendment. There was absolutely no consultation between the Prime Minister and me or communication on the issue untilI spoke in the House on this simple principle of whether the Minster is to act by instrument in writing or by regulation. I will read the words and I will read the whole part that is relevant. I said:

I thank the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) for making that indication-


Mr Uren - On a point of order, the honourable member should start at 'I do not want' - the beginning of the last paragraph on page 2520 of Hansard.







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