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Thursday, 17 December 1992
Page: 5311


Senator MACDONALD (12.22 p.m.) —I just want to comment very briefly on the first amendment that the Liberal and National parties were intending to move and which we discussed in the committee hearing. I should say, of course, that I support everything that Senator Panizza said, and said very well, in relation to the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill. We were considering moving an amendment to clause 26, subclause (2). We were convinced at the hearing that the legislation intended to say what in fact our amendment was proposing.

  I want to put on record in this chamber, in case it is of some assistance when this matter is being dealt with by the parties involved at some future time, that I would have thought that a better wording for subclause (2) would have been, `Compensation is not payable for that injury if it is intentionally self-inflicted'. I think that would have been a clearer way of saying what the Government advisers indicated to us that subclause intended. But it appears from our committee hearing that we are all of a mind on what that means, and I simply rise in this debate to emphasise that again, should it be of assistance for people trying to interpret it at some time in the future.