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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (AttorneyGeneral) .- I move-

At the end of the clause add the following sub-clause - " (3.) Where a person (other than the Commissioner) taking part in consultations under this section indicates his wish that the consultations, or any part of the consultations, be on a ' without prejudice ' basis, evidence of any statement, admission or offer made by any person (including the Commissioner) in the consultations, or in that part of the consultations, as the case may be, shall not be admitted in proceedings before the Tribunal under this Act or under a complementary State law except with the consent of all parties to the proceedings.".

The purpose of this amendment is to insert a new sub-clause (3.). This clause deals with consultations between the Commissioner, as to whom they are mandatory, and the parties, as to whom they are optional, in relation to matters. Representations have been put to the Government and the Government has accepted that the parties who are asked by the Commissioner to consult with him, or who seek of their own volition to consult with the Commissioner, will be able to do so on a without prejudice basis. That is the proposal which is incorporated in my amendment. I am sure the Committee will find it an acceptable amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

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