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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2688

Clause 4.

In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears - appropriate Minister', in relation to a State, means such Minister of the Crown of that State as is prescribed, and includes any Minister of the Crown for the time being acting for and on behalf of that Minister; approved regional organization' means an organization or body that is approved under section 17 as an approved regional organization for the purpose of this Act;

Chairman'means the Chairman of the Commission;

Commission' means the Grants Commission established by this Act; local governing body' means a local governing body established by or under a law of a State; member' means the Chairman or another member of the Commission.

MrN.E BOWEN (Parramatta) (12.23)- I move:

Omit from the definition of 'appropiate Minister' the words 'as is prescribed', substitute the words 'as is determined by the Premier of that State by instrument in writing'.

The effect of this amendment is that whereas the appropriate State Minister at present is described as a Minister prescribed by the Commonwealth Government, it was thought that this is a matter which should be determined by the Premier of the particular State concerned. I understand that the amendment which is proposed is accepted by the Government. However, I will say that in view of the moving of the gag on the last amendment at a time when the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden) wished to make a few remarks, I will be cutting my remarks short. I shall say very little further on this amendment and not delay the Committee in order that the debate will not be closed before the Leader of the Opposition has an opportunity of addressing the Committee.

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