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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1088


Senator DURACK (Western Australia) - I move:

Leave out the clause.

The purpose of this clause is to give to the Minister for Transport power to delegate to an officer of the Australian Public Service any of his powers under clause 4 which relates to approving programs. That is the vital clause in the Bill. We strongly object to a ministerial power of such magnitude being delegated to and exercised by any officer of the Australian Public Service. Clause 15 does not even specify that he should be a senior officer or a particularly senior officer. It simply says 'any officer of the Australian Public Service '. We think that this goes too far from requirements. There may be some practical requirements but the Opposition objects strongly to the provision. That is why we have moved this amendment.







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