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Friday, 15 June 1984
Page: 3210

Senator MACKLIN(9.55) —Clause 28 is a clause about which the Australian Democrats made representations to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Mr Holding). Reference to it was included in the second reading speech of the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs (Senator Ryan) at our request. I said at the second reading stage that one of the useful points about this chamber having control over declarations is that the Australian Democrats would require an explication of where one is going in terms of compensation. I also said that the Government may not be able to give the full details at that stage because that might be a matter of detailed negotiation. However, we would require an outline of what the Government was doing in relation to that. To me that seems the reason why there is political control in this regard. The items involved are so extensive that this is not the type of control that we would want to give to a museum or anything else. Indeed, it is a peculiarly political problem. That is why a political House ought to control that act.