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Thursday, 18 November 1976

Mr NIXON (Gippsland) (Minister for Transport) - in reply- In case somebody misunderstands what the honourable member for Shortland (Mr Morris) is talking about- I would not be surprised if that were the case- I ought to explain to the Committee that what has happened has not happened because of the arrogance on the part of the Government. But we were concerned to have the amendments passed tonight and not earlier than tonight because there has been an outstanding matter that occurred after 2 June. We have been able to resolve that matter satisfactorily. Ex gratia payments will be made to the people involved in a certain accident. I do not want to say any more than that. However, I would like the Committee to know that nobody has been disadvantaged by the delay of the passage of this Bill from 2 June as a result of those ex gratia payments. It was essential that we fix a date for the House to pass the amendments. I am pleased to say that there seems to be no trouble with the Opposition in the Senate. The amendments have been carried through that place. I look forward to their being passed in this place.

Amendments agreed to.

Resolution reported; report adopted.

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