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Thursday, 2 November 1967

Mr BUCHANAN (McMillan) - We all understand that in the circumstances it would be useless to move an amendment to this Bill. We are in the crazy situation of having mirror legislation before us, and no amendment could possibly succeed. I thank the honourable member for Evans (Dr Mackay) for a very sensible addition to what I said. I shall take the opportunity of saying something that I did not have time to say previously. What I have suggested is that there must be some bargaining point. If we have no bargaining point we will frighten away people who are eager to come to Australia and develop one of our natural resources. If we are putting some hurdle in their way let us remove it. All 1 am asking is that in the event of the designated authority giving some instruction to a licensee to carry out work which the licensee does not think is necessary or desirable according to his knowledge of oil production, the matter should be negotiated, and the only way I can suggest this may be done is that at some time in the future a tribunal should be appointed to adjudicate on such a matter and on any other problems that arise as between the Government and the licensees. The tribunal could consist of any number of members. There could be one or two scientists nominated by the oil companies and perhaps one or two scientists nominated by the Government. The tribunal could sit as an adjudicating body to decide matters in dispute.

The CHAIRMAN - Is the honourable member moving an amendment?

Mr BUCHANAN - No, Sir. As I said before, I am merely bringing the amendment forward, commending it to the Government and suggesting that the Government bring it to the attention of the State governments next year.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 36 to 38 - by leave - taken together, and agreed to.

Proposed new clause 38a.

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