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Friday, 11 October 1985
Page: 1052


Senator COATES —by leave-An exceptionally large volume of delegated legislation was made during the last parliamentary recess from the end of May to August and was tabled in the Senate on 20 August 1985. The Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances, having considered a series of reports from its legal adviser on this legislation, has written to relevant Ministers about provisions of the legislation which may be at variance with the Committee's principles. In one case, a ministerial reply has not yet been received. In other cases, the Committee is not satisfied that the replies received fully meet its concerns and is seeking further comments from Ministers. The time within which I can give notice of motion of disallowance of this legislation expires today.

I have given notice of motion of disallowance to preserve the Committee's freedom of action, pending receipt of satisfactory responses from Ministers. In regard to the extradition matter, the Committee is concerned about a discretion given to the Attorney-General (Mr Lionel Bowen). In the New South Wales Acts Application Ordinance 1985, not all legislation being repealed by that Ordinance is actually cited, so there is concern about the possibility of loss of rights in some cases. The Meat (Amendment) Ordinance 1985 involves the description of an identity card for inspectors. Regarding the Blood Donation (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Ordinance 1985, there is a query about people's rights to damages. Concerning Telecom Australia by-laws, no review is provided for certain discretionary decisions. The sixth matter, of which I gave notice yesterday, also relates to the identity of inspectors under the Electricity (Amendment) Ordinance 1985.