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Wednesday, 5 March 1980
Page: 588

Senator CAVANAGH (South Australia) - I do not want to confuse the issue. I think that the retention of section 48 (2) would be essential if we changed the word 'regulation' to declaration'. Nevertheless, let us not fight over that. I am concerned with Senator Missen 's interpretation although I respect his capability to interpret. We have to take into account the day of gazettal and the following period of 14 days. If the Parliament is prorogued or goes into recess the Senate may not disallow the provision for up to four months. On Senator Missen 's interpretation the provision could be in operation for some months and then disallowed.

Senator Missen - That is so with all regulations.

Senator CAVANAGH -Yes. I am suggesting that when Senator Hamer next drafts an amendment he looks at the recent proposal and the more liberal attitude that has been accepted by the Government in legislation concerning the Northern Land Council. I do not make an issue of the matter now. Having got this far I do not want to confuse the matter further.

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