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Wednesday, 11 April 1973
Page: 1348


Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Minister for Social Security) - One thing I have learned in this House over a long period is that if the honourable member for Mackellar (Mr Wentworth) says that people are wrong, they are inevitably right. If there has been some misunderstanding, I suggest gently that perhaps it might have been a problem of explanation. We do not accept the Opposition's amendment; it adds nothing to what we propose. The facts are that, for instance, a person travelling overseas after the enactment of this Bill will be able to take his Australian pension rights overseas. We do not accept that it is our right to legislate in relation to attitudes which are largely the prerogative of the United Kingdom or New Zealand governments. The matters referred to by the honourable member for Mackellar can be more adequately handled by agreement, and that approach will be the approach which we will adopt.

Motion (by Mr Hayden) agreed to:

That the question be now put.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Wentworth's amendment) stand part of the question.







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