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Thursday, 28 November 1985
Page: 2494

Senator MACKLIN(5.11) —I believe that it is the responsibility of this chamber during the Committee stage to go through the Bill to see whether or not it has been sloppily drafted. We have in one clause of this Bill a whole list of imperial medals and no Australian medals. The Minister should not come into this chamber and tell me that I am not allowed to bring in an amendment at any stage which tries to pick up the sloppy drafting of his officials. This is the proper chamber for this type of thing to take place. I resent greatly the high-handed attitude of the Minister when he says: `How dare anybody interfere with this legislation'. This is a legislative chamber, not one for the convenience of bureacrats.

Senator Gietzelt —It is not, it is a review chamber.

Senator MACKLIN —It happens to be a legislative chamber. If the honourable senator does not know the difference, that is his problem, not mine. When there is sloppy drafting, such as there is in the Bill before us, the Minister should not come in with the weak excuse that the Government cannot accept amendments at this stage. This Bill has already been amended. It must already be sent back. I gave the Minister the courtesy of providing him with a copy of my amendments some time ago. One would think the bureacrats could have come up with a better excuse than the one the Minister just gave. If it is the Minister's excuse, I am very much ashamed that a Minister of the Crown should put up such an excuse in this chamber. I see that the Minister has taken off his hearing aid. That is fine. We will stay here and I will go through each one point by point.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 103 to 104-by leave-taken together, and agreed to.

Clauses 106 to 109-by leave-taken together, and agreed to.

Clauses 111 to 115-by leave-taken together, and agreed to.

Clauses 117 to 118-by leave-taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 119 (standard of proof).