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Thursday, 6 December 1973
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Senator DEVITT - My question to the Minister for Repatriation relates to a subject which. I have raised with him previously by way of question in this chamber. Is the Minister now able to inform me and the Senate of the present position in regard to the preparation of legislation requiring determining authorities under the Repatriation Act to give reasons for rejections of claims or appeals?

Senator BISHOP - The recently enacted Repatriation Act (No. 3) contained the legislative authority for the making of such regulations. As I mentioned in the second reading speech, in order to obviate inconvenience and delays in the determining process it was proposed that the system be introduced gradually. Some of the determining authorities are currently engaged on a trial basis in preparing reasons for decisions. It is expected that the trial will be completed early in 1974. Certain legal questions have to be determined. While the trial is in progress my Department is in close contact with the AttorneyGeneral's Department in connection with these matters and possible regulations. I expect that the necessary regulations will be made within the next three or four months. When made they will ensure that unsuccessful appellants or their advocates will be notified of the reasons for decisions.

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