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Thursday, 2 December 1976
Page: 3141

Mr ELLICOTT (Wentworth) (AttorneyGeneral) - I move:

That the amendments be agreed to.

The amendments that have been made by the Senate are Government amendments. Broadly, they do 2 things. Firstly they will insert a new section after proposed section 19B a in order to put beyond doubt the application of section 1 9ba to a case where a department is abolished and a department with the same, name is established, as in the present case in relation to the Department of the Treasury. There is doubt whether section 1 9ba as it appears in the Bill would cover such a situation. Secondly some amendments will be made to the Audit Act and to consequential provisions concerning references to persons and things in other laws which have been found necessary as a result of the announced reorganisation of the Department of the Treasury involving the substitution of 2 departments- the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Finance- for the existing Department.

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