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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2452


The CHAIRMAN (Mr Scholes - Order! The Minister is indicating that he accepts certain amendments but those amendments cannot come before the Chair unless they are moved by the honourable member for Berowra.


Mr ENDERBY - He has not done that. I appreciate that point. His difficulty, and I imagine our difficulty also, is the time limit that was imposed on us all. I must say that the probability is that all this will be resolved in the Senate. That must happen in any event, given the nature of this Bill. I might indicate the Government's attitude to some of the proposed amendments just for the record. I refer to the amendments moved by the honourable member for Berowra on behalf of the Liberal Party.


Mr Sinclair - What makes it urgent?


Mr ENDERBY - It is urgent because the people of Australia need it.


Mr Sinclair - That is why we have to wait until it gets to the Senate before changing it.


Mr ENDERBY - Well, the other amendment standing in the name of the honourable member for Berowra is amendment No. 11 which refers to clause 24. The honourable member for Berowra seeks to substitute the words 'ten years' for 'six years'. The Government cannot accept that amendment.


Mr Edwards - That is amendment No. 8.


Mr ENDERBY - No. It is No. 11 and it refers to clause 24.


Mr Edwards - It is No. 8.


Mr ENDERBY - No, it is No. 11. lt may be convenient for the record if 'I refer to all the proposed amendments by numbers because time is running out. The Government cannot accept amendments Nos 12 and 13.


Mr Edwards - I am sorry, but we are not working on the same basis.


Mr ENDERBY - If the honourable member for Berowra adds up all the amendments he will find that he comes to the number I refer to.


Mr Sinclair - Do you mean the totality of amendments?


Mr Edwards - Have you numbered down this list?


Mr ENDERBY - Yes, all the amendments that are being moved as you go down the list. I am referring to the proposed amendment to clause 24 standing in the name of the honourable member for Berowra as amendment No. 1 1. The Government cannot accept amendment No. 12 which also relates to clause 24. It cannot accept amendment No. 13 relating to clause 24. It cannot accept No. 14 relating to clause 24 and it cannot accept the amendment relating to the proposed new clause, clause 24a. The Government cannot accept amendments Nos 17 and 18. Proposed amendments Nos 19, 20, 21 and 22 were circulated by the Deputy Leader of the Country Party, the honourable member for New England (Mr Sinclair). I have indicated already that in the Government's view the amendments circulated by the Deputy Leader of the Country Party are nothing more than a device, a sham, aimed at restricting and hamstringing.


Mr Sinclair - Even that relating to the tabling of reports?


Mr ENDERBY - That will happen. By and large, by the very actions of the Deputy Leader of the Country Party - and he knows this - he has proved what I said over and over again. All that the Country Party wants to do in relation to this Bill is delay it and frustrate the Government because this measure will open the lid on the hidden subsidies, the secret bounties, which for so long the Country Party has indulged in in this country to the detriment of Australians generally. The scandal, if I may call it that-


The CHAIRMAN (Mr Scholes - Order! The time allotted for the Committee stage of the Bill has expired. I put the question:

That the remainder of the Bill be agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment circulated by the Government agreed to.

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







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