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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 1382


Senator PROWSE (Western Australia) - The purpose of bringing this matter to the Senate is obvious to all honourable senators. The Committee was considering the reference that had been given to it under a definite set of circumstances. Th circumstances changed rather dramatically and we of the Committee felt that we had an obligation to return to the Senate and report the situation so that the Senate would have an opportunity to consider the altered situation in which its Committee found itself.


Senator O'Byrne - Why?


Senator PROWSE - So that the Senate itself could, if it felt it was necessary, alter the wording of the reference which the Committee feels is no longer applicable. We realise that certain matters are unresolved, but they are not related to the existing reference. I suggest that the Senate defer this debate which has been brought on suddenly owing to circumstances. Some little time could then be given to consideration of restating the terms of reference taking into account the altered circumstances. I feel that there is a need for such action because the reference as it stands is no longer applicable.







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