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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1419

Senator TATE (Special Minister of State)(6.03) —I think we are moving away from the usual understanding of the structure of legislation, which is to set up a Bill with an objects clause which sets out the general purpose for bringing that Bill before the Parliament.

Senator Newman —A fishing net.

Senator TATE —No. But the actual effective parts of the Bill are always set out in subsequent clauses, and they follow very readily to read from clause 7 onwards. I would have thought that this measure so much follows the ordinary pattern that any honourable senator who has been a member of this place for as many years as Senator Walters has would be aware that this is the normal structure of legislation. There is no way that one could derive a power to act in a way which could be resisted by somebody, a power to act which would be upheld in a court, simply from the wording of clause 4.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 5 agreed to.

Clause 6 agreed to.

Clause 7 (Establishment of Commission).