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Thursday, 1 April 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I regret that I am unable to accept the suggestion that the clause be deferred. I accept the proposed amendment of the clause in the way that I have suggested, namely, by making it clear that the Minister shall, by publication in the " Gazette ", meet the largest objection which has been raised. This will alert and bring to the notice of members of Parliament that the Minister has made a certain decision. Each individual member of the Senate will be in possession of facts sufficient to enable him to take whatever action he wants to take individually - that is the point - in a way no less effective than if this were done by regulation. Publication in the " Gazette " will inform every honorable senator-

Senator Murphy - But what can he do?

Senator PALTRIDGE - He can take whatever action he wants to take.

Senator Murphy - The Senate can do nothing.

Senator PALTRIDGE - It can. I would accept an amendment along those lines but I will not accept the amendment proposed by Senator Wright.

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