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Wednesday, 5 October 1983
Page: 1360

Mr HURFORD (Minister for Housing and Construction and Acting Treasurer) -Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation because I claim to have been misrepresented.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! Does the Acting Treasurer claim to have been misrepresented or does he claim that his speech has been misquoted or misunderstood?

Mr HURFORD —No, I claim to have been misrepresented other than in that part of the speech of the honourable member for Mitchell (Mr Cadman) in which he said, quite correctly, if I may indulge in a little uncharacteristic immodesty, that I am a very honourable man. The honourable member said earlier in his remarks that I had skated over the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Government Operations and, indeed, ignored a lot of its recommendations. I need to point out to the House that the Senate Committee's recommendations appear on page 1 of that report. The first of those recommendations is that the regulations not be disallowed. Of course, we support that. Further, the Committee goes on to state that the Senate will be monitoring this scheme until 1 September 1984. We welcome that.

I refer now to the second paragraph in that report. I need to point out to the House that every one of the recommendations is accepted by the Government and is to be included in the legislation which we will be bringing to this House as soon as possible. The matters which are the subject of recommendations in the report have not been skated over. It is true that other matters were canvassed in the report but the Committee was not able to make recommendations in relation to those other matters because of administrative arrangements. We do not resile in any way from the fact that we will be continuing to monitor this system. Indeed, we have promised to have another look at it at the end of February after six months of operation.