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Friday, 16 December 1983
Page: 4012


Senator CHANEY (Leader of the Opposition)(4.12) —I move:

That the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for the first day of sitting in February 1984.

Perhaps I might indicate to the Senate why the Opposition wishes to see the Live -stock Slaughter (Export Inspection Charge) Validation Bill deferred until February-I thank the Australian Democrats for their support in this. The Bill is one which provides for an increase in the meat export inspection charge from $1. 80 to $5.40 per head. This matter has caused considerable difficulties in the industry, which has been going through a very difficult time, and there have been substantial representations to the Government. We want the Government to take time to consider the representations which have been made. In addition, there is the possibility of a legal challenge to some aspects of the charges and it is the wish of the Opposition that there be an opportunity for that matter to be considered and, if necessary, pursued. This is a slightly unusual course of action, Mr President, but I thought I should briefly explain to the Senate why it is we seek to consider this Bill when we return in February.