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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3443


Senator WHEELDON (Western AustraliaMinister for Repatriation and Compensation) - Mr Temporary Chairman,there were 2 proposed amendments which had been circulated in the name of Senator Carrick. I have had discussions with him and the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Withers) concerning these matters. I have also had discussions with the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Murphy). It is the view of the Government with which I think Senators Withers and Carrick concur, that it would be unfortunate to have the passage of the whole Bill delayed in order to deal with these matters which do not go to the heart of the Bill itself but are largely machinery matters. I now give the undertaking on the part of the Government that as soon as Parliament resumes in the New Year we will introduce an amending Bill in order to carry out the effect of the amendments which were proposed by Senator Carrick. I further undertake that in the meantime no action will be taken in accord with the words within the clauses of the Bill which would have been deleted by the 2 amendments which would have been moved by Senator Carrick.







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