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Monday, 7 May 1984
Page: 1689


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(10.19) —While the shadow Attorney-General, Senator Durack, is getting his thoughts together, I repeat that we regard this provision as redundant in the event that, as we hope, our further amendment to clause 71 (2) is accepted. We need an amendment later on to fix up, as a drafting matter, an inconsistency that presently exists between clause 71 (2) and clause 71 (3) of the Bill. We have to tuck the later matter in , whether we have it here or not. If we tuck it in later, we do not need it here . There is a sense in which most of this whole provision would in fact be redundant once the Insurance (Agents and Brokers) Bill is passed because that will clarify the whole situation as to who the broker is acting for and remove some of the present obscurity as to who was whose agent, which causes confusion and a degree of unfairness in this instance. Pending that particular millennium, this matter does need attention for the reasons I have indicated but we are giving it attention later on.