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Thursday, 29 March 1979
Page: 1366


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -You have the indulgence of the Chair.

Mr LIONEL BOWEN -Honourable members will notice that the thrust of what the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Sinclair) has been saying is that he cannot accept the Opposition's amendment because it keeps talking about the birth date. Honourable members will recall that he thought there was an undue sensitivity as to age. I draw the attention of the Minister to the fact that the amendment has nothing to do with the date of birth; it talks only about the place of birth, which is a completely different proposition.

Mr SINCLAIR(New England-Minister for Primary Industry)- I apologise. With the indulgence of the Chair, might I say that the comment from the Department that I read out was specifically related to the amendment as moved by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Lionel Bowen). I am afraid that the comments were my own and were due to a misreading of that advice.

Amendment negatived.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee

The Bill.

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