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Tuesday, 25 June 1996
Page: 2145


Senator BROWNHILL (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy)(5.57 p.m.) —Three areas of precedence have been set in this place which had a five day disallowance period: the Superannuation Benefits (Supervisory Mechanisms) Act 1990, section 7; the Telecommunications Act 1991, section 408; and the Telecommunications Act 1991, section 409. So this is not a precedent. Those changes were necessary at the time.

The major concern would be if the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy were to receive a proposal from Wool International near the end of a sitting period. There could be a waiting time of up to two months before it would be able to be enacted. The disallowance, within the time frame we have suggested, would be able to be handled within the two-week sitting period. If you are looking at commercial requirements and all the other areas that I believe are necessary for this bill to act properly, you have to have it done quickly and succinctly. You do have scrutiny and transparency but at least this is a quick way of doing it.