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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1498

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and Excise) - The 2 amendments to which Senator Drake-Brockman referred are very simple. They do not touch the substance of the Bill. I will explain the reason for the 2 proposed amendments in the Committee stage of the debate. They will take out of the Bill the provisions that an authorised officer can not only require people to answer questions and produce documents but that he be able to administer oaths, affirmations and so forth. It is the Government's feeling that too much of this type of provision has been creeping into the legislation. We have decided to start upon the path of taking out some of these provisions. There is nothing special about this Bill. It will be remembered that discussion took place earlier about powers of entry when we were discussing some rural legislation. It seems quite unnecessary to keep these provisions in the Bill. It has become the practice to slip these provisions into the various Bills. The Government has decided that it is time we started to slip some of them out. Instructions have been given not to introduce this kind of clause into a Bill unless there is some very good reason. The matter is as simple as that.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without requests or debate.

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