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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2449


The CHAIRMAN - There being no objection, leave is granted for the remaining clauses to be taken together and for the remaining amendments to be incorporated in Hansard. (The amendments read as follows) -

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(2) Clause 23, pages 10 and 11, omit sub-clauses (3), (4) and (5).

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(3) Clause 24, page 12, lines 29 and 30, omit the words 'on the assistance', substitute the following words: to the Minister on the desirability of an inquiry into assistance'.

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(4) Clause 24, page 12, lines 42 and 43, omit the words 'on the assistance', substitute the following words; to the Minister on the desirability of an inquiry into assistance'.

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(5) Clause 24, page 13, omit sub-clause (4).

(6) After clause 24, page 13, insert the following new clause: 24a. A report made by the Commission under sections 23 and 24 shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament not more than ninety days after its receipt by the Minister.'.

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(7) Clause 30, page 15, after sub-clause (3), insert the following new sub-clause: (3a) In any case where no action is taken by the Minister on a report received under section 28 a copy of that report shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament within thirty days of its receipt by him.'.

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(8) Clause 45, page 19, sub-clause (2), omit paragraph (1).

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(9)Clause 45, page 20, lines 3-5, omit the words but may include recommendations for changes in the nature or extent of the assistance provided by the Australian Government to industries generally'.

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The CHAIRMAN - Order! We have taken the remainder of the Bill. I take it that the Deputy Leader of the Australian Country Party is moving one of his amendments to the clauses. He has asked that the amendments be incorporated in Hansard.


Mr SINCLAIR - I wish to move all the amendments circulated in my name.


The CHAIRMAN - I am afraid that cannot be done. The honourable member would have to get leave to do that and on a previous occasion it was ruled that leave could not be granted to incorporate all of the amendments.


Mr SINCLAIR - They have been incorporated in Hansard and I am speaking to the substance of each of the amendments. I would have moved each of these amendments had there been time. In another place I would hope that my colleagues would do just that. I see each one of the amendments as being necessary to improve the substance of the Bill to provide for government an assurance that it should continue to govern and I see the specifics to which I am just referring, requiring that reports be tabled and that other clauses be excluded, as a necessary way in which this Commission should be permitted to operate if it is to operate at all. The final amendment to clause 45 was to omit the words 'that may include recommendations for changes in the nature or extent of the assistance provided by the Australian Government to industries generally'. This is to ensure that in the annual report of the Industries Assistance Commission the actual text of the report covers specifics and not generalities. Again it is based on the premise that we believe that the Commission should not deny government the right to govern. In view of the guillotine I do not intend to take the time of the House by speaking further. Had time permitted I would have spoken to each of my amendments in detail. I believe they all are essential if the Bill is not to deny government its future efficacy and if a large bureaucratic organisation is not to deny the people of Australia a proper chance for the consideration of policy measures upon which the Government is itself elected.







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