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Wednesday, 1 December 1976

Mr BRYANT (Wills) -Mr Chairman,I believe that a brief explanation of the purpose of this amendment is in order. The force of a proclamation is raised in this clause. It is our belief that the proclamation ought to have some of the force of regulations before the Parliament. If somebody moves for the disallowance of a regulation, that regulation is prevented from being implemented unless it is discussed within 1 5 sitting days. One of the difficulties with a proclamation is that it does not carry some of the force of a regulation. We think that its powers ought to be strengthened so that the Parliament can discuss each proclamation. In fact, the Parliament must discuss each proclamation. The problem with a proclamation at present is that it does not need to be discussed. If somebody moves for the disallowance of a regulation, that brings the matter before the Parliament for discussion. We propose to add the 2 techniques used by the Parliament together. I think we produce better parliamentary scrutiny of what is proposed by this amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 42.

(1)   The Minister shall, as soon as practicable after the making of a Proclamation referred to m paragraph 40 ( 1 ) ( b ) or 4 1 ( 1 ) ( b ), cause a copy of the Proclamation to be laid before each House of the Parliament.

(2)   Either House of the Parliament, within15 sitting days of that House after a copy of a Proclamation has been laid before that House under sub-section ( 1 ), may, in pursuance of a motion upon notice, pass a resolution disapproving of the declaration in the Proclamation.

(3)   If neither House of the Parliament passes a resolution in accordance with sub-section (2) disapproving of the declaration in a Proclamation referred to in sub-section ( 1 ), the Proclamation takes effect on the day immediately following the last day upon which such a resolution could have been passed.

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