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Thursday, 28 November 1985
Page: 2522

Senator WALSH (Minister for Finance)(9.50) —The Government will not accept this amendment, although it is not regarded by the Government as being terribly important; rather it is regarded as being somewhat superfluous, because it seeks to allow exemptions for a variety of authorities or institutions under the control of the Minister for Defence, including the small arms factory at Lithgow, the explosives factory at Mulwala, and so on-there is a list of about 10 exemptions altogether-from the industrial democracy and equal employment opportunity programs of the Public Service. The fact is that secretaries to the departments in general already have the power to vary those programs if they choose to do so and if there is a justification for doing so. I gather that the Australian Democrats will support the amendment moved by Senator Collard. Could some Democrat senator signify whether that is so--

Senator Vigor —Yes, we will support the amendment.

Senator WALSH —Under those circumstances, the Government will not support the amendment, but I do not propose to call a division on it.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 9 (Industrial democracy plans).

Motion (by Senator Collard) agreed to:

That clause 9 be postponed until after consideration of the Australian Democrats amendment to clause 10.

Clause 10 (Secretaries of Departments).