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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2058

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - The Government is appreciative of the speedy passage that the Opposition has accorded this piece of legislation which, as Senator Byrne has rightly said, is a very important piece of legislation. All I need say, I think, in addition to expressing appreciation of the Government for the speedy passage of the Bill is that I shall reply to Senator Drake-Brockman who sought an undertaking that there would be a continuation of the operations of the various welfare bodies throughout the States. I draw the honourable senator's attention to the second reading speech of the Minister for Social Security (Mr Hayden) in which he stated that one of the functions of the Commission is to make recommendations for the co-ordination of the social welfare activities of organisations, including State, local government and voluntary organisations, involved in the provision of social welfare. I think implicit in that statement is the affirmative statement on my part that I can give the undertaking sought by Senator Drake-Brockman. I thank the Opposition for the speedy passage it has accorded the Bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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