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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2696

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister) - I move:

Omit the clause, substitute the following clause: 27. (1) The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters which by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act and, in particular, for -

(a)   prescribing -

(i)   a local governing body that is the only local governing body established in a region; or

(ii)   if he is satisfied that there are special reasons for doing so - any other local governing body, as an approved regional organisation for the purpose of this Act;

(b)   regulating the practice and procedure of the Commission; and

(c)   prescribing the form in which applications for financial assistance shall be made.

(2)   Before making regulations under this section prescribing an organisation or body as an approved regional organisation for the purpose of this Act, the Governor-General shall take into consideration any recommendations with respect to the organisations or bodies to be so prescribed made to the Minister by the Minister for Urban and Regional Development after consultation with the appropriate Minister of the State concerned, and regulations shall not be made prescribing an organisation or body other than an organisation or body so recommended.'.

It will be noticed that this is the clause dealing with regulations. As I agreed during the speech of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) 2 afternoons ago, the Government accepts that the designation of single or individual local governing bodies should be by regulation. Accordingly the Government seeks to substitute this new clause 27, which relates to regulations about single or individual local governing bodies, for the original clause - the usual regulations clause - which was in this Bill.

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