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Thursday, 31 August 1989
Page: 757

Senator PETER BAUME(10.28) —I thank the Minister for what he has just read out, which I take it is the directions the Minister is going to give in relation to the corporate plan.

Senator Tate —Has given.

Senator PETER BAUME —That is reassuring. But there are several problems. First of all, that could be superseded at any time by a different direction. While a capacity exists here, and if someone could say that the Parliament refused to agree to an amendment such as the one we have moved, the Minister could easily change that direction, if he so wished. Any Minister could. I am not mounting an ad hominem argument at this moment against this Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

Senator Crichton-Browne —Why not?

Senator PETER BAUME —Because it is not necessary at this moment. There are two other matters that arise out of what has been said. The first thing that I put to Senator Coulter is that he has made a very telling point, I think, in suggesting that I was at fault in not saying a `general' direction in the amendment. If Senator Coulter wished to suggest to us that we should seek leave to vary our amendments by adding the word `general' to make it clear that we are restricting ourselves in the amendment to the Minister's capacity to give general directions-that is, section 11 directions, as they are known around the portfolio-I would like him to indicate that to us.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Bjelke-Petersen) —Order! It being 10.30 p.m., under sessional order I put the question:

That the Temporary Chairman do now leave the chair and report to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Temporary Chairman having reported accordingly-