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Thursday, 15 May 1980
Page: 2266

Senator MASON (New South Wales) -I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate notes with concern the inadequacy of existing insurance and/or compensation arrangements in the event of a natural disaster and is of the opinion that a joint parliamentary committee should be established to re-examine the whole question of natural disaster compensation funding and that the terms of reference of the committee should be-

(A)   to make recommendations on the establishment of a natural disaster fund, the methods of financing such a fund, the guaranteeing of appropriate grants in the event of a natural disaster, and other related matters;

(B)   to specify what constitutes a natural disaster, so that the history of doubt and uncertainty surrounding the admissibility of insurance claims in the event of a disaster can be eliminated:

(C)   to define the Benefits that should be payable to victims of the various categories of natural disaster: and

(D)   to recommend the composition and nature of an appropriate administrative authority to operate a natural disaster scheme, and all related matters.

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