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Friday, 19 November 1993
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Senator FAULKNER (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister for Defence Science and Personnel) (10.22 a.m.) —As I understand it, section 7 of the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991 goes to the point that Senator MacGibbon raised. I do not know whether Senator MacGibbon was here in the chamber earlier when I talked about this question of definition of `premises'.

Senator MacGibbon —I heard that on television, but I thought you gave only one sentence.

Senator FAULKNER —I just did not want to repeat that particular part of what was mentioned earlier. That is the only reason I asked Senator MacGibbon whether he was aware of what I had said then. As I think Senator MacGibbon is aware, section 7 of the occupational health and safety act does go to this particular point in that it requires the act not to prejudice Australia's defence. Section 7 states:

(1) Nothing in this Act requires or permits a person to take any action, or to refrain from taking any action, that would be, or could reasonably be expected to be, prejudicial to Australia's defence.

(2) Without limiting, by implication, the generality of subsection (1), the Chief of the Defence Force may, after consulting with the Minister, by notice in writing, declare that specified provisions of this Act do not apply, or apply subject to such modifications and adaptations as are set out in the declaration . . .

There is no change.