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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1906

Senator DEVITT (Tasmania) -As I indicated earlier, I had a very brief opportunity to speak to Senator Willesee on this matter. The circumstances which he has just outlined to the Senate are the terms which we discussed. I indicate to the Senate that, naturally, I have not had an opportunity to convene a meeting of the Committee. But immediately the circumstances were communicated to me by Senator Willesee I took the liberty of quickly canvassing the opinions of members of the Committee present in the Senate chamber. As honourable senators know Senator Brown is not here and I was not able immediately to contact Senator Durack. But, Mr President, the general consensus of those whom I contacted was that they would be quite agreeable for me to make a statement on their behalf in relation to this matter. The requirements of the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances would be well met by the situation which Senator Willesee has outlined. As I have said, I have not had an opportunity to convene a meeting of the Committee but I have canvassed the members present in the chamber. They have been good enough to authorise me to indicate that the undertaking given by the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Willesee) to repeal offending section 12 of the Australian Capital Territory Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (No. 2) 1973 is acceptable. I now ask for leave to withdraw notice of motion No. 1 standing in my name. I thank the Government for its sensible attitude towards this matter.

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