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Wednesday, 19 September 1973
Page: 1252


Mr HALLETT (Canning) - Mr Deputy Chairman,I return to the clause before the Committee. This clause highlights the position which I put to the Minister for Immigration (Mr Grassby) previously in relation to my doubts about the legislation. The honourable member for Wilmot (Mr Duthie) has just admitted that apparently members of his Government have also considered the clause in this light. The amendment which has been moved safeguards the position to some extent The Minister has indicated that he is not prepared to withdraw the legislation and to redraft it as I suggested. Therefore I think that it is obligatory for the Minister to accept the amendment which the Opposition has moved.

I will not pursue the other matter. I still have most strong doubts about the legislation. I ask the Government and the Minister to accept the amendments which are being put forward by the Opposition for the purpose of safeguarding the position. I indicate again to the Minister that those who will be carrying out the provisions of this legislation - I refer to those who will be responsible for collecting the levies, etc. - will not know the true position when they pick up this Bill, as they will need to do, and study it to determine what the collections are as mentioned in the second reading speech. However, if this amendment is agreed to and is inserted in the legislation a safeguard will be provided not only for the people who will pay the levy and those who will collect the levy but also for the Government which is responsible for the moneys that will be so collected. Therefore I ask the Minister and the Government to adopt our amendments.







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