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Thursday, 1 May 1980
Page: 2062

Senator BUTTON (Victoria) -I move:

That the Committee insist on disagreeing to the amendments insisted on by the House of Representatives.

On 25 March this year the Senate Committee for Reasons, which was appointed by resolution of the Senate, presented its report. The Committee was appointed under the chairmanship, if that is not too grandiose a term, of Senator Withers.

Senator Melzer - Chairperson.

Senator BUTTON - I am being corrected; I should refer to Senator Withers as the Chairperson of that Committee. Nevertheless, I notice that the report of that Committee was modestly signed 'R. G. Withers' on behalf of the Committee. On 25 March this year the report of that Committee for Reasons was presented by Senator Withers and was conveyed to the House of Representatives. On listening to the debate on this matter in this chamber today I apprehend the view of the majority in this chamber to be that the essential reasons given in that report to the House of Representatives on 25 March remain the reasons of this Committee, in spite of the amendments which have been considered here today. Accordingly, I moved the motion, which was somewhat belligerent in terminology in that it required a double insistence.

Question put.

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