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Monday, 30 August 1993
Page: 529


Senator ZAKHAROV —by leave—I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the time for presentation of the report of the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training into sections 45D and 45E of the Trade Practices Act be extended from 27 September 1993 to 6 October 1993.

I seek leave to make a short statement.

  Leave granted.


Senator ZAKHAROV —The committee has recently concluded its last public hearing in relation to the 45D and E inquiry. At that hearing a number of peak organisations made an additional substantial input into the inquiry and the government presented a comprehensively documented background paper for the committee's consideration. This information will need to be taken into account in finalising the draft of the committee's report.

  The committee is unable to meet to consider that draft until the resumption of sittings on 27 September 1993, the date presently identified for tabling. As the issues relating to sections 45D and E are both complex and controversial, the draft report demands more than a cursory examination. To that end, the committee requests that the reporting date be deferred by one week.

  Debate resumed.