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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1128

Message received from the House of Representatives as follows:

The House of Representatives returns to the Senate the Bill entitled 'A Bill for an Act to grant financial assistance to the States in relation to the construction and maintenance of national roads', and acquaints the Senate that the House of Representatives has agreed to amendments Nos 3 and 4 made by the Senate and has disagreed to amendments Nos 1 and 2 set forth in the annexed schedule for reasons shown therein.

The House of Representatives desires the reconsideration by the Senate of the Bill in respect of the amendments disagreed to.

Motion (by Senator Cavanagh) agreed to:

That the message be taken into consideration in the Committee of the Whole forthwith.

In Committee

SCHEDULE OF THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE SENATE TO WHICH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS DISAGREED

No. 1- In clause 4, sub-clause (3), line 38, after 'may', insert 'enter into an agreement with a State to ';

No. 2- In clause 4, sub-clause (4), line 1, after 'may', insert 'enter into an agreement with a State to '.

Reasons of the House of Representatives for disagreeing to Amendments Nos 1 and 2 of the Senate

Because:

1.   The declaration of a road as an 'export' road or a major commercial ' road is no different to declarations of National Highways, of the various categories of roads under the Roads Grants Bill 1974 and of the various categories of roads under the previous 1969 Commonwealth Aid Roads Act where the Minister had or is proposed to have the sole right of declaration.

2.   'Export' and 'major commercial' roads being roads which facilitate or would, if built, facilitate trade and commerce, or the development of trade and commerce, with other countries and among the States come within the constitutional power of Australia.







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