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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 57

Senator MURPHY - Mr President,permit me to ask for about the fourth time a question of the Attorney-General. Does the Attorney-General recall that on 27th October 1971 this Senate carried an adjournment motion designed to enable us to discuss as a matter of urgency, the Government's delay in introducing legislation to regulate and supervise accident insurance? As we have now reached August 1972, will the Attorney-General tell us when we may expect the legislation which was the subject of that debate and which has been the subject of pressures and complaints by the Liberal Attorney-General of New South Wales, by another Minister of that State, and by almost all concerned with accident insurance?

Senator GREENWOOD - I do recall the debate of 27th October, but I must say that my recollection of it is a little different from Senator Murphy's: I think he has asked me the same question on more than 4 occasions and has received the same answer. The position is, firstly, that accident insurance is not the ministerial responsibility of the Attorney-General; it is the ministerial responsibility of the Treasurer. Secondly, the Treasurer made a statement in December last year in which he indicated the outline of the general insurance legislation, that statement having been made to facilitate public consideration and debate. Senator Murphy has been told that the drafting of the legislation to give effect to the Treasurer's statement is under way. This is very complex legislation, and it is public knowledge that we have received assistance from Victoria to undertake the drafting of it. Senator Murphy may get better information if he directs his question directly to the Treasurer. I understand that it is intended that the legislation be brought in as soon as possible. It is hoped it will be brought in during this session.

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