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Thursday, 12 November 1964

Senator HENTY (Tasmania) (Minister for Civil Aviation) . - in reply - 1 welcome the comments that have been made in this debate. After the stormy seas in which we found ourselves yesterday. I appreciate today's peaceful waters. I believe that honorable senators on both sides of the chamber have a real interest in improving this sphere of humanitarian effort. It is interesting to note the number of honorable senators who have had a great deal of experience in this field. I am confident that those honorable senators could render, and indeed have rendered, a great service in seeking to effect an improvement of this legislation.

I should like Senator Willesee to know that before he spoke I had marked the question standing in his name on the notice paper. In justice I think I should indicate that, although his question was not answered immediately, it had some effect on the drafting of the legislation which is now before us. It is only fair to say that his question was noted and that the matters he raised constituted one of the motivating factors in the preparation of this legislation. I am aware of the undertaking given in another place that the amendments which were suggested there and the suggestions which have been made here will be examined conscientiously. There is to be a review of the Commonwealth Employee's Compensation Act and the Seamen's Compensation Act concurrently early next year. All the matters that have been raised on both sides of the chamber in this morning's very interesting debate will be noted very closely and the result will be available to us in the early months of next year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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