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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1086


Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I am advised that even if clause 4(1) and clause 1 1 were omitted from the Bill there might still be occasions when it would be necessary for the Treasurer to invoke the powers conferred under paragraph (c) to obtain information from the States in order that he could determine the extent to which financial assistance was to be provided for them under clause 5(1). Paragraph (c) would also enable the Treasurer to obtain information which is essential for the Australian Government to have in order to determine whether the Minister should vary the amount specified in the Schedule under the power conferred in clause 8. For that reason we cannot accept the amendment.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be len out (Senator Durack's amendment) be left out.







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