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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1128

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - I move:

That the Committee does not insist on the amendments of the Senate to which the House of Representatives has disagreed.

If the proceedings on the previous Bill demonstrated that the Senate was right, I think this time it will be demonstrated that the Senate was half right because the House of Representatives disagreed with 2 amendments and accepted 2 amendments. Amendments 1 and 2 which the Senate made to the Bill when it was before the Senate were disagreed to in the other place. They related to the power of the Minister for Transport to declare a road an export road or a major commercial road. The amendments were to clause 4 sub-clause (3) and clause 4 sub-clause (4) and would have had the effect of requiring the Minister to obtain the agreement of a State before declaring an export or a major commercial road. It is the Government's view that the declaration of a road as an export road or a major highway under the various categories of road in the Roads Grants Bill and under the various categories of road in the previous Commonwealth Aid Roads Act 1969 should be the sole right of the Minister. The Government therefore moved in another place on 23 August that these amendments be disagreed to. That motion was not opposed. In indicating that the Opposition would not oppose the motion, Mr Nixon, the spokesman for the Oppositon in another place, pointed out that the criteria on which an export or a major commercial road would be declared are laid down in the Bill. The Government accepts amendments 3 and 4 which are both to clause 6 sub-clause 6 of the Bill. The Government believes that this clause as originally drafted was a logical approach to the question of future growth centres and the delegation of the concurrent powers of the Minister for Urban and Regional Development. However, in the interests of bringing the legislation into operation as quickly as possible, the Government now accepts those 2 amendments.

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