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Wednesday, 21 June 2000
Page: 15364


Senator BOLKUS (4:31 PM) —If I can just respond to that, I think one of the procedural problems we have is that we are being asked to vote on an amendment before the substantive amendment has been put to the chamber. That I think has raised the problem that we have just faced.

In order to expedite the process, perhaps I can indicate at this stage that we do have problems with substantive proposed sections 38A and 38B in that they do, as currently framed, allow for the provision to grant leases and licences in an uncontrolled way over the area. Accordingly, we will be opposing them at this particular stage. But we would indicate to the minister that that is the problem that we do have. Basically the law will then provide for a lease of any duration over any part of the area, or a licence—although, if one looks at proposed section 38B, the leases must not be for a term of more than 12 months.

I think the problem we have is that we are doing this the wrong way around and we are also doing it on the run, looking at these particular provisions. I would suggest to the minister that maybe he defer consideration of this particular amendment together with the ones embracing proposed sections 38A and 38B and leave them lying on the table for consideration at this particular stage.