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INDEPENDENT AIR FARES COMMITTEE BILL 1981

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question--That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Gietzelt moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ""That'', insert ""the Senate is of the opinion that the Bill is deficient in that it does not provide for--

(a) cost allocation reviews on a sufficiently comprehensive and frequent basis; (b) the involvement of the public, including consumers' representatives, in the review process; and

(c) recognition of the profitability of the major airlines in the conduct of reviews by the Committee''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be left out be left out--put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 26

Senator-- Senator-- Bishop McAuliffe Button McClelland Cavanagh McIntosh Chipp McLaren Coleman Mason Colston Melzer Elstob Mulvihill Evans O'Byrne Georges Primmer Gietzelt Ryan Grimes Tate Harradine Hearn Teller: Keeffe Sibraa

NOES, 32

Senator-- Senator-- Archer Martyr Baume Maunsell Bonner Missen Carrick Neal Chaney Puplick Collard Rae Durack Reid Guilfoyle, Scott Dame Margaret Sim Hamer Teague Jessop Townley Kilgariff Walters Lajovic Watson Laucke, Withers Sir Condor Young Lewis MacGibbon Teller: Martin Thomas

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Question--That this Bill be now read a second time--put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Senator Gietzelt moved an amendment, viz:

Page 4, clause 3, sub-clauses (5) and (6), lines 19 to 33, leave out the sub-clauses.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be left out be left out--put and negatived.

Senator Gietzelt moved a further amendment, viz:

Page 5, clause 4, after sub-clause (2), insert the following new sub-clause:

""(2A) At least one member shall be a person who is a member or officer of a body having functions in relation to consumer protection.''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted--put and negatived.

Senator Gietzelt, by leave, moved the following further amendments together:

Page 9, clause 13, sub-clause (2), paragraph (a), sub-paragraph (i), line 4, leave out ""3 years'', insert ""6 months''.

Page 9, clause 13, sub-clause (2), paragraph (a), sub-paragraph (ii), line 6, leave out ""at least 2 years, and not more than 3 years,'', insert ""not more than 2 years''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendments be agreed to--put and negatived.

Senator Gietzelt moved a further amendment, viz.:

Pages 12 and 13, clause 15, sub-clause (6), line 42 (page 12) to line 6 (page 13), leave out the sub-clause, insert the following sub-clause:

""(6) Where--

(a) a passenger operator requests the Committee to conduct a review in accordance with this section; or

(b) the Committee decides, in pursuance of sub-section (2), to conduct a review in accordance with this section in relation to a passenger operator, the Chairman shall--

(c) give notice in writing to that passenger operator--

(i) in a case to which paragraph (b) applies--stating that the Committee intends to conduct the review;

(ii) specifying the time and place at which the review is to be commenced; and

(iii) inviting that passenger operator to make submissions in writing to the Committee in relation to the matters to be considered by the Committee during the review within such time as is specified in the notice; and (d) cause to be published in the Gazette a notice--

(i) stating that the Committee intends to conduct the review; (ii) specifying the name or names of the passenger operator or passenger operators in relation to whom the review is to be conducted;

(iii) specifying the time and place at which the review is to be commenced; and

(iv) inviting members of the public to make submissions in writing to the Committee in relation to the matters to be considered by the Committee during the review within such time as is specified in the notice.''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be left out be left out--put and negatived.

Amendment negatived accordingly.

Senator Gietzelt moved a further amendment, viz:

Page 14, clause 15, sub-clause 11, after paragraph (a), insert the following new paragraph:

""(aa) the need to ensure that the profit of Ansett and the Commission, before interest and tax, excluding extraordinary items, as a proportion of revenue, does not exceed 6%, given a continuation of the present levels of interest and income taxation in Australia;''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be inserted be inserted--put and negatived.

Senator Gietzelt moved a further amendment, viz:

Page 17, clause 16, sub-clause (8), after paragraph (a), insert the following new paragraph:

""(aa) the need to ensure that the profit of Ansett and the Commission, before interest and tax, excluding extraordinary items, as a proportion of revenue, does not exceed 6%, given a continuation of the present levels of interest and income taxation in Australia;''.

Question--that the words proposed to be inserted be inserted--put and negatived.

Bill further debated.

Bill agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Deputy-President (Senator Maunsell) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Collard) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Attorney-General (Senator Durack) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.