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Monday, 29 August 1994
Page: 522

Senator COLLINS (Minister for Primary Industries and Energy) (7.00 p.m.) —I understand the point that the Democrats are making in terms of expanding the budgetary provisions that will be necessary to accommodate the Democrats' opposition to clauses 6 and 7. I repeat that members of AJVCs can still receive eight grants in their own right. We are considering today limits that are being placed on additional access to the scheme. There is no suggestion in this legislation that we are cutting back the rights that people already have. It is quite the reverse. We are providing an additional avenue of assistance and limiting it to five grants, which I think is generous on any assessment.