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Monday, 20 December 1993
Page: 5329

Senator CRANE (10.03 p.m.) —Clause 40(4), under the heading, `Time limit for making declaration', states:

  Any declaration by the Minister concerned must be made within 2 months after the making of the determination.

Can the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Senator Gareth Evans) tell me: if the relevant minister makes a decision in the negative, does he have to give reasons for making that decision?

Senator Gareth Evans —Which clause was Senator Crane referring to?

Senator CRANE —This is why we have consistently said in this debate that it is very important that the minister does not have little chats on the side. The clause I was referring to minister is—

Senator Gareth Evans —I was talking about the process and the procedure for dealing with the bill. I am not talking—

Senator CRANE —I am quite happy to give the minister five minutes to deal with whatever he has to fix up with Senator Faulkner; that is not a problem. I am afraid that I am going to lose my voice.

Senator Faulkner —I hope you do. It's not worrying us at all.

Senator CRANE —It would not worry Senator Faulkner; but with his level of intelligence, he would not understand what I am saying.