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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1078

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - Senator SteeleHall takes a very definite stand on being precise with every word. He quoted a word out of context, suggesting it had a particular application and a particular meaning when it did not. This is a shrewd game in debating and it is not strange to this chamber, as honourable senators know. If an Irishman has difficulty in making himself clear he will be understood if he is allowed to speak for long enough. I think that the words I used afterwards clarified the situation. I was trying to show the role of the various Ministers. The Minister for Urban and Regional Development and his Department are planning and developing new cities and areas. He is the authority on which roads should go into his town planning schemes. The effect of the amendment would be to give sole responsibility for urban and arterial roads programs to someone else and the Department of Urban and Regional Development would have no right to approve a proposal. The effect of the amendment is to hand responsibility over to the Minister for Transport. This is not the right thing to do according to the Government's new concept on future activities.

Question put:

That the amendments (Senator Durack's) be agreed to.

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