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Tuesday, 30 May 1989
Page: 3048


Senator JENKINS(9.45) —I move:

(37) Page 57, clause 26, proposed subsection 64m (2), leave out the proposed subsection.

This amendment would delete the clause which states that the `Tribunal is not required to allow any person to address it orally about the issues arising in relation to the decision under review'. This is the only element in the Government's legislation which precludes a person being represented in hearings before the Tribunal. It is important that this clause is deleted from the Bill, because otherwise we will have a situation in which it will be possible for a tribunal to make decisions without people being present who might seek to be present. As it says in the clause, the Tribunal is not required to allow any person to address it orally about the issues arising in relation to the decision under review. That seems to be a very unnecessarily restrictive clause. I am interested to hear the Minister's reasons as to why he will not be willing to strike that clause from the legislation.