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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1823

Mr KERIN (Minister for Primary Industry)(11.48) —In my concluding remarks on the second reading I addressed this amendment. All I can do is repeat what I said at that time. The Government sees quite clearly that the Bill provides adequate protection for such a person as the honourable member for Gwydir (Mr Hunt) refers to. If such a person is not summoned to answer a charge within a month of the suspension, the suspension ceases. It is not as if these decisions are taken lightly. For example, if someone was prawning in a nursery area or doing something that was very much against the Fisheries Act, it would be quite important that some action be taken rather than let it go without anything being done. If the summons is issued the matter becomes one for the court to decide. By and large we believe that such an individual as referred to by the honourable member would be protected. The Government rejects the amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.