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Wednesday, 1 December 1976


Mr BRYANT (Wills) - I want to take up the point made by my friend the honourable member for Parramatta (Mr Ruddock), and to offer a proper apology to the honourable member for Kennedy (Mr Katter). If I have said untrue things, or have misinterpreted what he said in the past and have offended him, I am sorry. Apparently he does not use the English language adequately. As far as we are concerned, this piece of legislation has to be taken as a whole. The legislation will be mangled if clause 70 is not brought into operation at the same time as the Act is proclaimed. There is no guarantee that the Government will get on with the job. There is no reason why clause 70 should not take effect as from the day the Act is proclaimed. I take it that the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Mr Viner) will not take months and months to get round to the proclamation. If the Act was proclaimed tomorrow, clause 70 could come into operation. Why does he not get on with it?







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