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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1644

Mr WILLIS (Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations)(9.03) —The Government does not accept this amendment. It does not see the need for it. The fact is that we are talking here about authorities which elect to lodge reports with the responsible Minister and which are required by an Act other than this proposed Act to prepare an annual report to be presented to the Parliament. The clause says that in that situation `the authority may, with the consent of that Minister, include a program report in the annual report if the annual report is lodged with that Minister within three months after the end of the period to which the program report relates'. So a time limit is built into the legislation. Authorities can go down this course only if they adhere to the time limits which are established in the clause. I would have thought that amply meets the point made by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr N.A. Brown). There is no need for this amendment. We should stick with the legislation as put to the Parliament.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 10 (Special report upon request).