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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2654

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) -Do I understand that the main clause, clause 20, cannot be amended in Committee?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - It can be amended in Committee.

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - Then why does the Bill have to go back to the Senate?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - For the other clauses to be dealt with.

Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - In effect, we are dealing only with clause 20 now?


Senator LAWRIE (QUEENSLAND) - The main disagreement I have in regard to this Bill and the following Bill is with clause 20 in each of them. They make the Bills retrospective, and I do not like the principle of retrospective legislation. The Minister for Primary Industry (Senator Wriedt) agreed, when we were dealing with these Bills, to report progress and to refer the matter to the Crown Law Office. He has returned with these suggestions which we on the Opposition side appreciate very much. They will remove many of the objections that we had to this part of the Bill. For that reason I support them.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The Committee will recall that when I took the Chair I mentioned that the Committee was considering the remainder of the Bill. We can consider the remainder of the Bill. That is, from clause 12, which includes clause 20. We will then have to report to the Senate and the Senate will then have to recommit clauses 1 to 12.

Senator Wright - Is not the Committee capable of recommitting clauses?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - I am advised not.

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