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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1905

Senator DEVITT (Tasmania) -Mr President,since coming into the Senate this afternoon I have had a brief conversation with the Special Minister of State and Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Willesee) and I understand that he wishes to make some remarks to the Senate. After he makes those remarks I propose to seek leave to make a further statement.

Senator WILLESEE(Western AustraliaSpecial Minister of State and Minister for

Foreign Affairs)- by leave- The papers dealing with this matter came to me fairly late today. I called for them when I saw this matter on the notice paper. I had a discussion with the Minister for the Capital Territory (Mr Bryant), whom I represent in this chamber, about the motion which Senator Devitt proposes to move as Chairman of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee. He is moving to disallow this ordinance. As I understand the position after reading the papers and discussing the matter with Senator Devitt and the Minister, the Regulations and Ordinances Committee complained about the way in which the ordinance was drawn up. It was offending well known criteria of the Committee. In reply, the Minister suggested that the ordinance ought to be altered in certain ways. It seemed to me that both sides were agreeing that the ordinance was not all that it should be. As the Minister intends either to amend or to rewrite the ordinance, we agree that this ordinance ought to be repealed. I inform the Senate that the Minister will be taking steps to repeal this ordinance and in due course will be taking other action to obtain what he wants in this regard.

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