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Thursday, 13 May 1965

Senator McKENNA (Tasmania) (Leader of the Opposition) . - Clause 23 seeks to repeal Part XII of the principal Act. The relevant section of the principal Act relates to the re-establishment of servicemen. According to clause 2 sub-clause (2.) of the Bill, the provision in question will not come into operation until proclaimed. The purpose of the amendment and the intervention of the proclamation is to enable a redraft of the re-establishment provision to be submitted to the Parliament. We believe that the procedure is not correct. We believe that we should not agree to the repeal of the existing reestablishment provisions to enable the Government to make it effective by proclamation at any time until the provisions of the new Bill are before us. This is more a matter of procedure than a matter of substance. Quite frankly, I have information that a re-establishment bill is to be introduced, probably during this sessional period, but I have not yet seen it. We will record a vote against the procedure at this stage for the reason that I have given.

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