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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1129

Senator DURACK (Western Australia) - The Oppositon will agree to the motion and thereby forgo the amendments which the House of Represenatives will not agree to. We will accept some satisfaction from the House of Representatives agreeing to others. As Senator Cavanagh said, the result seems to be 2-all and perhaps that is a fair compromise all round. I cannot say that the Opposition is happy about the extended powers of the Federal Minister in relation to the declaration of other than national highways, that is, the declaraton of export or major commercial roads. We believe that these extend probably to what are more or less State functions. Nevertheless, the High Court will presumably keep the Minister in line if he transgresses the constitutional powers of the Commonwealth in these matters. In the general spirit of compromise to which Senator Cavanagh has referred the Opposition will not insist on its amendments and will agree to the motion

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported; report adopted.

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