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Thursday, 21 August 1980
Page: 644

Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Kingsford) (Smith) - I take this opportunity to defend myself. The honourable member for Denison (Mr Hodgman) always has a full quota of words but not a full quota of sense. In fairness to him, I point out that we made the point that we supported the 1977 legislation but the Government never even promulgated the Bill. That was three years ago. The honourable member talks about justice for the little man! We made the further point that this Bill is reversing the onus of proof which the honourable member, as a lawyer, knows makes it very difficult. We also opposed this Bill by calling a division before 6 o'clock this evening. I thought the honourable member would have thought that that at least demonstrated that we were taking an interest. We certainly do not find the Bill boring and we found it stimulating enough to call a division. If the honourable member wishes to stimulate me a bit further we could be here until 10 o'clock but there is other business.

Let us place it on record - the honourable gentleman seems to have a suspicious mind, I suppose it is election fever - that when we talked about the matter that we objected to, that is foreign takeovers, we were acting in accordance with the decision of the Administrative Review Council. It recommended that they not be excluded. So, what is the honourable gentleman complaining about? Finally, I am not trying to teach the honourable gentleman his law because he is an expert, but section 75 (v) of the Constitution does not necessarily give those prerogative writs against people who are not officers of the Commonwealth. I am not worried about Mr Hawke or anybody else. It was recommended also by the Administrative Review Council that these issues should be the subject of judicial review.

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