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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 909

Senator GUILFOYLE (Victoria) -I support the Opposition's amendment. I want to refer to the accommodation offered by the AttorneyGeneral (Senator Murphy) when he suggested that we could include clauses 22 and 23. Clauses 19 and 20 refer to powers of the Commission. I am wondering whether he understands now the technical difficulties of trying to isolate some areas from which he would not wish to exercise ministerial control. It seems to me that throughout the legislation there are powers of the Commission which should be exercised independent of ministerial direction or discretion. Clauses 19 and 20 and even 18 provide powers to the Commission- I am sure there are others- that would equally come within the area that the Attorney-General has offered to exclude from his ministerial direction. I put those points of view in support of our feeling that this ought to be a function of the Commission separate from ministerial direction.

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