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Thursday, 1 April 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I have listened with great interest to what has been said by speakers from both sides of the chamber. I regret to say that I have heard nothing which has convinced me that my original view is not the right one. Clause 5 (1.) which it is proposed to amend, deals directly with the administration of the provisions of the Bill and of the Corporation. It involves a decision of great importance. As such, in my own view it should be challenged from the floor of the House. Indeed, in some circumstances such challenge could be a vote of lack of confidence in the Government. For that reason, if for no other, I suggest that it is more in keeping wilh Parliamentary practice that the decision should come from the floor of the House.

I was impressed by what Senator Wright said about the fact that as the clause stands there is a possibility that the declaration of a certain category might not come to the public notice. I accept that. I would be quite prepared to accept an amendment to the clause so that it would read: " The Minister may, ... by publication in the "Gazette", declare a class of persons ... to be an approved class of persons for the purposes of this Act." But that is the extent to which I am prepared to go.

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