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Wednesday, 13 November 1985
Page: 2114

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Community Services)(6.56) —I rise to oppose Senator Harradine's motion to disapprove Remuneration Tribunal determination No. 11 of 1985. I point out to honourable senators and to anyone else who is interested that in fact Senator Harradine did not refer to the words he objects to in the half an hour he took to address the Senate tonight. I assume he objects to the following words on page 81 of the 1985 review of the Remuneration Tribunal:

. . . for the purpose of this entitlement `nominee' means a person with whom the senator or member has established a bona fide, stable domestic relationship;

Senator Harradine wishes to disapprove this determination because he says it contravenes the right of the Parliament to scrutinise or oversee effectively delegated legislation and it is opposed to the family and the institution of marriage. In fact, he spent most of his time dealing with these matters. I assume that that means that he will deal with the other matters in more detail when he takes his right of reply.

I understand that another senator wants to say something on this matter. In view of that and the fact that the debate is about to be be interrupted it would be sensible if I continued my remarks when the debate is resumed tomorrow. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.

Senate adjourned at 7 p.m.