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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1895

Senator COTTON (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It was reported this morning that the Government has reached a decision on the aid and adjustment assistance that will be given under the Tariff Board Act in respect of colour television sets, and it appears from that report that there has been some change by the Government of the recommendation of the Tariff Board. I say once again that it is unfortunate that the Parliament should learn of these events from the daily Press without being paid the courtesy of being told as a Parliament. Can the responsible Minister tell us when the Parliament will get a statement on this matter which it can look at thoroughly and debate properly?

Senator MURPHY -Far from the honourable senator criticising the Government in this instance, he should be praising it because once a decision was arrived at that decision was announced promptly. I think that this was the course that was taken by his Government when it was in office. It is important that if a decision is made it be made available to all as promptly as possible. It is true that the decision ought to be brought before the Parliament in some formal manner. I would hope that would be done without delay.

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