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Friday, 25 May 1973
Page: 2701

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (Prime Minister) - Two afternoons ago the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Snedden), in the course of his second reading speech on this Bill -

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I take a point of order. This is not relevant to the clause. We are debating clause 4.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! I must rule in the same way on this point of order as on the previous point of order.

Mr WHITLAM - Very well, Sir. I support the amendment. Two afternoons ago in the course of his second reading speech on this Bill which I introduced, the Leader of the Opposition drew attention to the first definition in clause 4 defining 'Appropriate Minister' as follows:

Appropriate Minister', in relation to a State, means such Minister of the Crown of that State as is prescribed . . .

He then continued:

I would not want to think that the Federal Government would go to the point of prescribing the State Minister. This surely must be a matter for the States to decide,I am sure that the Prime Minister would agree with that.

Hansard records that I said:

I certainly accept that. I am not sure what wording should be used. I imagine it would be some such wording as 'The Premier notifies the Prime Minister'.

Then the Leader of the Opposition said:

Something of that order.

This is the fourth matter which the right honourable gentleman has suggested for amendment. It is the third which we have accepted.

Amendment agreed to.

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