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Tuesday, 13 May 1980
Page: 2159

Senator CHANEY (Western AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - It is always surprising to hear the last line of Senator McLaren's speech because one would have been hard pressed to glean much support for the Australian National Railways Amendment Bill in his comments before he uttered that last line. As I have said before in this place, it is typical that on those Bills for which there is unanimous support we seem to get the most hectic debate on various aspects of policy.

I thank honourable senators for their support of the Bill and I thank my colleague, Senator Kilgariff, who restrained his natural inclination to enter the debate following Senator McLaren 's contribution. On his behalf I merely ask Senator McLaren to study the Coombs report which was made to the previous Government and to look at item 78, the petroleum products subsidy scheme and the recommendation for the removal of that petroleum products subsidy- the recommendation which was followed by the Whitlam Government and which directly led to the closure of the Darwin-Larrimah line. The Government has made it clear that it wishes to pursue the program. Therefore, I will not pursue this interesting debate further. I commend the Bills to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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