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Thursday, 2 December 1976
Page: 3142

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Kingsford) (Smith) - As indicated by the Attorney-General (Mr Ellicott), these amendments, which are Government amendments, have already been agreed to by the Senate. They are necessary because the Government, in view of its economic decisions, has split the Department of the Treasury into 2 departments- the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Finance. Accordingly it is necessary to include this amending section to cover a situation where a department is abolished and then a department with the same name is immediately re-established. The Audit Act is also amended accordingly. The Opposition notices that this is merely a machinery measure and has no objection to it. In view of the economic circumstances, I suppose there will be many more such amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Resolution reported; report adopted.

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