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Friday, 26 May 1972
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Senator MURPHY - My question is directed to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate. 1 refer to the matter of the protection of persons who have policies with accident insurance companies - a matter which has been discussed in the Senate over the last 2 -or 3 years. Does the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate recall that questions were asked on this matter and on the necessity for urgent Commonwealth legislation to supervise and regulate the affairs of accident insurance companies, and that the Prime Minister himself expressed his anxiety about the legislation being brought in and stated during 1971 that the matter was in the hands of the Attorney-General?

Does the Minister recall that on 26th October 1971 the Attorney-General slated that he was not preparing legislation and pooh-poohed the idea of any such legislation; and that on 27th October 1971 this Senate, after an urgency debate, carried a motion for adjournment where the statement of urgency referred to the Government's delay in introducing legislation to regulate and supervise accident insurance? Will the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate inform the Senate why this legislation has not been introduced?


Leader of the Opposition asked me whether I recalled a series of events which had occurred over a 2-year period and whether I recalled what certain Ministers had said. Of course 1 do not recall that, although I do recall discussions which have taken place from time to time on the matter which the Leader of the Opposition has raised. 1 will examine the honourable senator's question and try to obtain some information for him.

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