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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 2457

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I wish to support the comments made by Senator Sim, who I think put some of the points involved very clearly. It is true that the Opposition's amendment is concerned about the machinery whereby temporary assistance is to be granted. That machinery is covered by clauses 25 to 3 1 of the Bill. Under the present system the Special Advisory Authority, which deals with questions of temporary assistance, does, as Senator Sim has pointed out, create another body. It is the purpose of the original legislation to ensure that the decision on temporary assistance will in fact remain within the Industries Assistance Commission. Reference has been made to the fact that back in 1962 it was believed by some that the division between the Tariff Board and the Special Advisory Authority was an improvement and that the current legislation may tend to result in reversion to an earlier situation which was not as efficient or not as acceptable. But I think it is true to say, as was pointed out by Sir John Crawford- Senator Sim has gone through these points and I do not wish to restate them- that there is a greater chance now of there being consistency between the reports of the Commission and the temporary nature of assistance afforded. So the Government feels obliged to stand by its original position. I think it is unfortunate that the wisdom of the arguments which were advanced by Senator Sim is not appreciated by more of his colleagues. I do not wish to prolong the debate on this amendment. I think the Senate has made up its mind as to what it intends to do. I think the proper thing to do is to put it to a vote.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be left out (Senator Cotton's amendment) be left out

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