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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1500

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Leader of the Australian Country Party in the Senate) - I can see the reason behind the Minister's amendments. He is saying that he wants to get rid of some of the powers, but he wants to insert some words in clause 14 so that the clause will read:

A person shall not . . . make ... a statement (whether in answer to a question or otherwise), that is false or misleading in a material particular.

I do not see how the Minister is getting rid of any power there. He is inserting after the word 'statement' the words '(whether in answer to a question or otherwise)'. I believe that the Minister is extending the power in that clause. Perhaps he has a reason for moving this amendment and will explain it to the Committee.

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