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Tuesday, 6 June 1989
Page: 3477

Senator ALSTON(9.30) —As one who spent the dinner break in the gymnasium I feel perfectly fit, relaxed and well equipped to handle these amendments. I find it regrettable that once again the Australian Democrats have not addressed the real issue in the brief debate that we have had on this particular clause. The fact of the matter is, as I have already invited Senator Powell to consider, that this is the last occasion on which we will deal with deemed refusals. But we have had a number of opportunities previously, none of which have been taken up by the Democrats, to indicate why it is that there is justice in a deemed refusal provision. I have not heard one word from the Democrats which would in any way explain how that sort of arrangement can do anything other than pander to inefficiency, to encourage Austel, through no fault of its own, to dally over making such decisions. In the event that such decisions are not made in time then the applicant will be the sufferer. I simply find it extraordinary that the Democrats do not seem to grasp the issue at heart.

Amendments negatived.