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Wednesday, 5 March 1980
Page: 587

Senator MASON (New South Wales) - I rise briefly to indicate the support of the Australian Democrats for the amendment. Any improvement to the Atomic Energy Act will be a useful thing and I believe that we are now starting to amend it. I reiterate what I said in the second reading debate on this matter: The Australian Democrats believe, as does the Australian Labor Party, that this Bill should be completely redrafted so that it is philosophically different and offers to the Australian people exactly the same privileges and rights- which, after all, are those which should be basic to them- in relation to the nuclear power industry as it does in relation to any other area of law. I am speaking in the Committee stage to stress that point particularly because I feel that the Government does not appear to understand how basic this point of law is with regard to the Bill. The Act as it stands does limit Australian freedoms in a quite unconscionable and inexcusable way.

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