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MEAT INDUSTRY--ROYAL COMMISSION--MINISTERIAL STATEMENT

The Minister for Social Security (Senator Chaney), by leave, made a statement relating to the appointment of a Royal Commission to inquire into the Australian meat industry, and moved--That the Senate take note of the Statement.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Button) moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate is of the opinion that the terms of reference of the Royal Commission should allow the Commission to inquire into--

(a) whether legislative, administrative or other arrangements and procedures for the supervision and control of all relevant stages leading to the export of meat from Australia are adequate to ensure that all meat exported meets legal requirements and protects Australia's export markets;

(b) whether malpractices are occurring, or have occurred, in the preparation, processing or handling of meat for export or the exportation of meat; (c) whether investigations in relation to information which was available or could reasonably have been available in relation to malpractices which occurred or are occurring or which were alleged to have occurred have been diligently pursued ;

(d) if the answer to (c) is ""no'', the persons, including Ministers, responsible for that lack of diligence; and

(e) if there were such persons responsible for lack of diligence, whether such lack of diligence constituted illegality, corruption or impropriety''.

And it being eleven p.m.--

Adjournment Negatived: The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Coleman), under Sessional Order, put the Question--That the Senate do now adjourn--

Which Question was negatived.

Debate continued.

On the motion of Senator Chaney the debate was adjourned.

Ordered--That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.