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Saturday, 18 December 1993
Page: 5184


Senator ELLISON (9.18 p.m.) —If the first principles of administrative law are that they should not concern themselves with other matters, why not tighten up the legislation to state specifically what they can have regard to? For instance, if it is going to be the environment, the environment is stated only in so far as it impacts on the native title consideration. Or, if it is going to be economic, state the obvious: that it is only economic matters pertaining to native title that could be considered. In fact, in the High Court judgment, I do not think those matters were really covered.