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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (AttorneyGeneral) . - I understand completely what the honorable member for Mackellar (Mr. Wentworth) has in mind. I am glad to say that that which he fears has been given careful consideration and I find that there is no need at all for fear. The matter of complementary legislation will, of course, be one for the States themselves after this Bill has been passed. Clause 8 of the Bill is drawn in that way. After the Bill is passed there will be further discussions.

Let me turn now to the matter of a haven, so to speak, in one State. This sounds to be correct, but on examination it is shown not to be correct for the reason that the Commonwealth's power runs interstate. It does not run intrastate. What the honorable member has in mind are intrastate matters. Intrastate matters, by very definition, are of a more domestic and limited kind. If industries left their present domiciles to go into a place where there is no complementary legislation, more competition would be created in that field. If, on the other hand, they stayed where they were, they would, by the complementary legislation, again be in an area where there was more competition.

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