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Tuesday, 10 December 1974
Page: 3268

Senator WITHERS (Western AustraliaLeader of the Opposition) - Mr Temporary Chairman,may I speak briefly to that? Senator Wright still has not returned from the United Nations. Now we see basically what he started as a Bill pass. I just thought that it is the appropriate day for it to pass in his absence because as I understand it, it is 25 years today since he was elected to the Senate. He was elected on 10 December 1949. Perhaps it is a nice silver anniversary present for him in his absence.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - ( New

South Wales) (12.22)- Mr Temporary Chairman, could I have the Bill re-committed? We have only just received it. I think that we all are grateful for the explanation given by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Withers), but I raise a question concerning clause 5(1). It says, in effect, that no building is to be erected on land within the parliamentary zone unless the Minister has caused a proposal to be laid before both Houses and approval has been given by both Houses. Clauses 5(3) says that clause 5(1) does not apply to buildings and works which have reached the documentation stage by 1 December 1974. There is an inconsistency in that because it could be- we are talking about the documentation stage- that under sub-clause (3), as I read it, a building could be in the documentation stage without approval for it having been given by the 2 Houses of the Parliament. That is the point on which I want to be precisely clear. On the one hand, clause 5(1) says that a building has to have the approval of both Houses of the Parliament, and on the other hand an outlet is provided in clause 5 (3) which says that if the building is in the documentation stage it does not need approval. I suggest that words such as 'consistent with clause 5(1)' should be included in clause 5 (3).

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