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Tuesday, 30 May 1989
Page: 3026

Senator ROBERT RAY (Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs)(6.11) —There was no conscious decision to put either `may' or `shall' in the legislation. The clause was taken directly from the legislation covering the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. That was the way in which this matter was expressed in that legislation. I must say that in the circumstances I would interpret it basically as meaning `shall' and I say that for interpretation of these debates.