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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3072

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Agriculture) - in reply- Mr Acting President, it is quite clear that the substance of the legislation is not opposed by the Opposition. Senator Cotton indicated during the course of his remarks that at least at this stage the Opposition will support the amendments, which are to be placed before the Committee by the Government. But it is true that Senator Missen has indicated that at the Committee stage he will move a further amendment. It is apparently the position of the Opposition now that there is some uncertainty as to how the Opposition will vote at the Committee stage on both the Government's amendments and Senator Missen 's amendment.

Senator Cotton - Excuse me, Mr Minister. There is no doubt about our attitude to your amendments. We support them.

Senator WRIEDT -Thank you.

Senator Chaney - There is doubt about the motion for the adjournment.

Senator WRIEDT -That is true. As indicated by Senator Missen, at the Committee stage he will move for the adjournment of the debate. It is true that there are some important legal implications in the amendments which are before the Senate. One can understand the desire of all honourable senators to be as conversant as they possibly can with these amendments. I think that the proper course for us to adopt would be to take a vote on the second reading, move to the Committee stage and then we can determine what action we should take at that stage.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause 3.

Part III of the Principal Act is repealed and the following Part substituted:


(6)   Regulations under this section may provide that the validity of an act done, or transaction entered into, shall not be culled in question in any proceedings on the ground that the provisions of the regulations have not, or a particular provision of the regulations specified in the regulations has not, been complied with, but regulations so made shall not bc construed as having the effect of preventing a person from being convicted of an offence against the regulations by reason of his having failed to comply with a provision of the regulations.

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