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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 944

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) -Mr Chairman,before the Committee deals with either of the amendments that have been circulated I wish to direct attention to a matter in relation to clause SI. Sub-clause ( 1 ) reads:

In determining whether a contravention of a provision of this Pan has been committeed, regard shall not be had-

(b)   in the case of acts or things done in a State- except as provided by the regulations, to any act or thing that is, or is of a kind, specifically authorised or approved by, or by regulations under, an Act passed by the Parliament of that State . . .

Honourable senators will notice that by the use of the words 'except as provided by the regulations' the provisions of our statute may be negatived by regulations. That is a principle that we have never accepted in this place and unless there is some specific and proper reason for it I would suggest that those words be omitted.

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