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Friday, 27 November 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [11.18]. - I have circulated a number of amendments to various clauses of this bill and three of them relate to this clause. They effect alterations in paragraph b of proposed new subsection 2 of section 34 of the principal act. The sub-section provides for the action to be taken by the Minister after receipt by him of a report upon a claim for compensation. Under the sub-section as printed the Minister is required to do one of three things; (1) admit the claim; (2) admit certain items of the claim and make an offer in respect of any other item of the claim; or (3) dispute the claim. Doubt has arisen whether the Minister could, under the sub-section, notify the claimant that he does not admit the amount claimed for any of the items, and at the same time make an offer in respect of each or some of the items. The three amendments are designed to remove the uncertainty; they are largely of a drafting nature.

Clause verbally amended, and as amended, agreed to.

Clause 4 (Action for compensation).

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [11.22]. - The four amendments which I propose to ask the committee to make to this clause are inter-related with the amendments made to the previous clause. They remove general references to " acquisition " and " land ", and substitute therefor specific reference to "parcels of land ". It is essential that action taken, and compensation determined, should be in respect of specific parcels of land and not, as might have been possible under the bill as printed, in respect of a number of parcels of land belonging to entirely separate owners, though included in the same acquisition. Honorable Senators will see that these are drafting amendments to clarify the intention of the clause.

Clause verbally amended, and as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 5 and 6 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Standing and Sessional Orders suspended; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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