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Thursday, 1 April 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - The Government does not accept the amendment. It is true, as Senator Wright says, that if by regulation the Government declares a group of people as approved for this purpose action' can be taken in the Senate to void the regulations. Action can be taken, in effect, to challenge the Government's decision in respect of the approval granted to a category of lenders. That is acknowledged. The honorable senator says that in his view, proceeding by regulation is more appropriate to the procedures of the Parliament. I hold the contrary view. I hold the view that if, in a case such as this, the Government takes a decision to approve a certain category of lenders for this purpose, that is, in effect, a policy decision, and a challenge to such a policy decision should come not from a committee of either House of the Parliament but from within the Parliament itself. This appears to me to ' be much more in consonance with established parliamentary practice. I do not think it can be denied that, in respect of a measure such as this, the approval of a category or class of lenders is a policy decision and, if challengeable, should be challengeable as a direct result of action taken in the Parliament, not within a committee of the Parliament. For that reason, the Government opposes the amendment.

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