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Tuesday, 21 December 1993
Page: 5418

Senator ALSTON (Deputy Leader of the Opposition) (3.04 p.m.) —What, then, is the point of clause 57? It provides that:

. . . the Registrar must accept the application unless the Registrar considers that . . . the application is frivolous or vexatious.

Surely that is putting the registrar in that invidious position that Senator Ellison talks about and the minister's only answer is that at some later stage the tribunal can come in and knock it out. Why does the government put the registrar in the position where he is facilitating an application which, of course, he would never then knock out as frivolous or vexatious?