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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2246

Senator COTTON (New South Wales) - I had wished to rise earlier and say to the Minister for Primary Industry (Senator Wriedt) that perhaps he might be so gracious as to allow Senator Wright a little time to consider the matter so that he could come up with some form of words that might meet his objection as well as being consistent with what was done in the House of Representatives and at the same time adding something from the Senate that might be of increased value. I could not rise earlier because the motion was moved that the question be put. I think that perhaps that was a pity. But the Senate has now got itself into a situation in which perhaps it should have been originally. I find myself attracted by the proposition that Senator Wright has suggested as it adds something- it gives strength. I see nothing wrong with the Senate seeking to do something which makes the position better. My concern was with the way in which this whole matter proceeded. But we are now in a situation in which it may be desirable in the Minister's good judgment to allow Senator Wright the time to get his amendment properly disposed of and circulated, because it could well be a useful addition to the Bill. As I heard it read out, I think I would find it so.

I will make the position of the Opposition perfectly clear. I am trying, and so is the Opposition, to get this matter disposed of usefully and tidily and, if possible, to improve it. If it is desired to protract the debate ad infinitum, of course, it will not be my fault if it goes on forever.

Senator Wriedt - I am not clear as to what is indicated. Could you, Mr Temporary Chairman, explain to the Committee what Senator Wright's proposition is?

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