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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 1378


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Health) - by leave - I wish to refer to the interim report of the Senate Standing Committee on Industry and Trade which has just been presented. The Committee in this report states that it will report to the Senate in more detail within the 28 days specified in the reference, but it then goes on to say, after giving the historical background:

.   . but takes this early opportunity to ask the concurrence of the Senate to agree to the Committee's suggestion not to continue further with its investigations under its existing terms of reference.

As Leader of the Government in the Senate I am placed in a rather awkward situation because I am confronted with a proposal of which as yet I have no official knowledge. If by just doing nothing we indicate that the Committee has the concurrence of the Senate to take no further evidence, I think I will have to make a judgment in that regard. If the mere putting down of the interim report means that the Committee will not carry on with its investigations, I think the Senate has to make a judgment in that regard also. In those circumstances I think we ought to adjourn consideration of this document to a later hour tonight so that we can have a look at our position in relation to it. lt may well be that honourable senators wish to think about this matter. I cannot say off the cuff what are the views of honourable senators. This is not clear, and I think we ought to give the Chairman of the Committee an opportunity to tell us what he intends to do. Of course, consideration of this matter could be made an order of the day for another day, but in fairness to the Committee which perhaps is wanting some guidance I think I should put forward the proposal that the matter be made an order of the day for a later hour of the day. That will not inhibit Senator Murphy or Senator Gair from speaking on this matter and they will have a motion to which they can speak. At least this will give the Party leaders a chance to consider their position. I move:

That consideration of the interim report of the Senate Standing Committee on- Industry and Trade be made an order of the day for a later hour today.







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