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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator MCCLELLAND (New South Wales) . - I have already indicated that I propose an amendment in the following terms -

In sub-section (6.) of proposed section 92, leave om " seventeenth day of December, One thousand nine hundred and sixty-four", insert "eighth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and sixty ".

Senator Wright - Should it be changed to 1960 or 1961?

Senator MCCLELLAND - It is 1960, which is the date of assent to the original amendment. I have previously stated the reasons why the Opposition proposes its amendment. In short, it is intended to include a roping in provision to include all interests in the industry prior to 17th December 1964. It is obvious from the discussion that has ensued since I last spoke in this debate that quite a number of ambiguities exist in this very complex legislation. Some honorable senators have agreed that these aspects could well receive more detailed consideration.

I suggest that most, if not all, of the complex provisions of this Bill will be made more simple if the legislation is made retrospective to the original amendment in 1960. Difficulties might arise for some interests, as was pointed out by the Postmaster-General (Mr. Hulme) in his second reading speech in another place. He said that he had given consideration to making this legislation retrospective. Overall, the difficulties involved in making the prescribed date 8th June 1960 will not be as many or as great as the difficulties that obviously will be created by the legislation as it now stands.

The Opposition believes that the 1960 legislation was designed to control practices that this Bill endeavours to curb and that the present provision should apply retrospectively to rope in everyone in the industry in the past, present and future. By that means everyone concerned in the industry will be operating on an equal basis.

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