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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 985

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - I have noted what Senator Murphy has said. I think he will agree with me that over recent years there has been determination shown by the Department of Primary Industry to alter legislation to conform with suggestions that have been made in the Senate from time to time. I can assure the honourable senator that the Department of Primary Industry and those who draw up the legislation are very conscious of previous remarks made by the Leader of the Opposition in this place, and by other honourable senators who have made remarks along similar lines. I have set out the views of the Department and of the Minister for Primary Industry (Mr Sinclair) in regard to partnerships. Senator Durack has said that he agrees with that but it does not seem to be equitable. I understand that this is the ordinary law, and it is considered to represent the fairest approach. As Senator Murphy said, there are specific regulations which will spell out these matters. I remind honourable senators that the Minister for Primary Industry said in another place that these regulations will be brought before the Parliament and that they will be examined and debated before they become final. So members of both Houses of the Parliament will have an opportunity to see exactly what the regulations contain.

Senator Cavanagh - How do we debate regulations if there is no motion to disallow them?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The honourable senator has the opportunity. If he examines them and he believes they are not what they should be, he has the opportunity to move a disallowance motion. Honourable senators have an opportunity to look at these regulations and to examine them very closely. That is as far as I can go. As promised, T will indicate to the Minister what Senator Murphy and other honourable senators have said on this matter, ff the Minister has any further comments. 1 will ask him to write to the honourable senators concerned.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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