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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1315

Senator COTTON (New South Wales) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - In reply to Senator Brown I say that, of course, the Commonwealth cannot prosecute itself. The honourable senator would acknowledge that such an action would cause ludicrous situations. I am quite sure he did not intend that there is no such suggestion. However, it has to be borne in mind. A Commonwealth officer who fails to attend a conference as directed is subject to a penally for his failure as an officer. Perhaps that covers Senator Brown's point.

Senator Bishopreferred to paragraph (a) and (b) of the proposed new section 1 2d (2.). Paragraph (a) relates to the general phraseology of 'stand down' or any variation of conditions of employment. Paragraph (b) is directed to bans orders. That information may go some way towards answering the honourable senator's query.

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