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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
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Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - In reply to Senator Wright's query, the purpose of extending the period to 2 years is to permit an obviously longer period of cover. There may be occasions when 12 months is not adequate. It was felt that by restricting it to one year we could be creating difficulties at some future stage.

Senator Wright - I point out that it is not restricting it. The Act requires it to extend beyond one year. This Bill requires it to extend beyond 2 years. The Bill does not state: 'Not exceeding 2 years; but 'exceeding 2 years '.

Senator Webster - That is not what was originally intended.

Senator WRIEDT -I will deal with Senator Webster's question first and come back to Senator Wright's question. Senator Webster asked why there had been a change in the wording of paragraphs (f) and (g). I understand that the wording is in a clearer form now than it was in the previous drafting. As a result of this amendment being moved the draftsman took the opportunity to express the paragraph in clearer terms. That is the best explanation I can give to the honourable senator. I will give Senator Wright an answer in a moment.

Senator Wright - I do not wish the Minister to be delayed.

Amendment agreed to.

Senator Cotton - Procedurally, and I hope I have made it clear to the Minister, the Opposition's third amendment should follow the Government's fourth amendment and precede its fifth amendment. Our fourth amendment will then disappear.

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