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Thursday, 24 May 1973
Page: 2637

Mr CHARLES JONES (Newcastle) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I place on record my appreciation of the efforts of the honourable member for Gippsland (Mr Nixon) and the honourable member for Farrer (Mr Fairbairn), but particularly the honourable member for Gippsland who did the spade work in drafting these amendments. I know that the honourable member for Farrer was in the background and in constant consultation with him. I extend my appreciation also to the 2 officers from my Department - Mr Long and Mr Smith - for the work they have put into this matter. We have spent a pretty solid couple of days working out what should and should not go into the Bill and working out a basis for a Bill which could be passed through this House and accepted by the Senate tomorrow or whenever it is debated in that place. 1 believe that the Bill represents the wishes of the former Government and contains what it would have been prepared to write into the Bill. Frankly, there were a few parts of the Bill on which I thought we could not agree, but we worked them out to everyone's satisfaction. I thank the honourable members concerned.

Remainder of Bill agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report - by leave - adopted.

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