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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 1008


Senator MURPHY (New South Wales) (Attorney-General) - I omitted to add that the provision for authorisations and clearances will on principles set out no doubt remove most of the practical problems which would arise but for their inclusion. The Commission will be available to say: 'It is all right to give the authorisations, to give the clearances', and it would be a rather rare situation which we think might need the exercise of some alteration. In effect, what the Opposition is proposing is that we write in a virtual amending power by way of regulation in relation to the greater part of the legislation. That is an unusual offer but, in the circumstances, such an alteration would be better dealt with, as I see it at the moment, by way of amendment of the Act. If we find that an alteration is necessary we may reconsider that proposal. However, at this stage we would prefer to rely upon the authorisations and clearances provision. Above all, one would think that it should not be left perhaps to some other government at some stage simply to destroy the legislation by the use of the regulation-making power.







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