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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2572

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - In the original drafting of the Bill clause 20 would have been applicable, but the amendment which was moved and carried before the luncheon suspension calls into question the need for clause 20. 1 think the best way to handle this would be for me to give Senator Lawrie a guarantee that I will draw this to the attention of the draftsman to ensure that this clause now becomes redundant. Until we receive that advice the clause may remain in the Bill. At some time the Bill would quite possibly need to be amended again. But for the current purposes of the admitted dilemma which we may now be in I suggest, if the Committee is agreeable, that I take the action that I have just suggested and draw this to the attention of the draftsman responsible. If it is a redundant clause, presumably it can be withdrawn from the Bill.

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - I suggest to the Minister that he seek to adjourn this debate to a later hour today in order to get that information. I think it would be silly to go on with a clause which is possibly redundant and which seems to me anyhow to be bad in law. If the draftsman agrees, we could fix it straight away. I ask the Minister to report progress and to seek leave to adjourn the debate to a later hour today.

Progress reported.

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