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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2244


Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - On this matter of retrospectivity the AttorneyGeneral (Senator Greenwood) has asked for an answer from me and I will give it to him. I will take as an example this telegram, of which he has a copy, which I received from these 2 small bodies to which I referred earlier. If these 2 small bodies were advised to submit a request for amalgamation either today or tomorrow - at least before this legislation passes Into law - would they not have a right at this very moment, if that request were granted, to the benefit of the provisions under the existing law and in due course to have their amalgamation carried out? That is their right as the law stands at the moment. There is no law to affect that request. There may be no law tomorrow to affect that request. But, notwithstanding that the request may be made this afternoon or tomorrow, the moment this Bill bcomes law, if the Attorney-General has his way, their request, which is lawfully made, would not be worth the paper on which it is written. Suppose this Bill receives the royal assent on Thursday. On Thursday the Government will say: 'Notwithstanding that you made the request on Tuesday or Wednesday, the amalgamation provisions came into effect last Friday and your request is ineffective.? If that is not retrospective, legislation, what is?







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