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Tuesday, 6 November 1973
Page: 1541

Senator CAVANAGH (South AustraliaMinister for Aboriginal Affairs) - The Government will not accept the amendment to section 168, the provisions of which provide that the Attorney-General may authorise payment by the Commonwealth of the expenses involved in an officially conducted election ordered by the Court after its inquiry into irregularities alleged in connection with the conduct of an election. The Opposition's amendment retains sub-section (5) of section 168 which reiterates the power of the Court to award costs against parties in an inquiry. The Bill seeks to delete both sub-section (4) and sub-section (5). Sub-section (4) would be unnecessary because under the Bill the expenses of all officially conducted elections are to be borne by the Australian Government. The Bill would have prevented the award of costs because an amendment was accepted in the House to this costs provision. The Opposition seeks to retain sub-section (5) as a consequential amendment. We are of the opinion that these costs should not be awarded and we will not accept the amendment.

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