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Tuesday, 12 November 1985
Page: 2020


Senator VIGOR(10.28) —I move:

After clause 2, add the following clause:

Cessation of operation of Act

`2A. (1) This Act shall cease to be in force at the expiration of 2 years after the commencement of this Act.

`(2) When this Act ceases to be in force by virtue of sub-section (1), the relevant Acts shall have effect as if those Acts had not been amended by this Act.

`(3) A permit granted under section 22B of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 as amended by this Act shall continue in force after this Act ceases to be in force by virtue of sub-section (1) as if this Act had not ceased to be in force.

`(4) In this section, ``relevant Acts'' means the Acts amended by this Act.'.

This amendment is aimed at putting a two-year sunset clause on the Bill, which will give this Parliament the chance to review the claims made by those on both sides of the House concerning this matter in two years time. I commend this amendment to the Committee.