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Tuesday, 13 May 1980
Page: 2144

Senator GEORGES (Queensland) -I would suggest that the Opposition be given some time to consider these amendments within the party room. Senator Carrick says that the amendments widen the powers of the Pipeline Authority and indicates that that is only a minor matter. It is not. A matter of considerable importance has been proposed. On the surface it appears that we would need time to give further consideration to the amendments. It may turn out that Senator Carrick is absolutely correct and that the Opposition will come to the same conclusions. Nevertheless, I think it is only right that we should not create a precedent. Is it correct that this is the first time the amendments have been before the Parliament?

Senator Carrick - Yes.

Senator GEORGES -For that reason, I suggest that we accept what is being proposed, that is, the reporting of progress, and we will take the matter to the party room.

Progress reported.

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