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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2057

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Leader of the Country Party in the Senate) - The Country Party supports this Bill but the reason why I got to my feet is to say that when this Bill was going through the House of Representatives the Country Party moved an amendment to it. Our senators have had a look at this amendment and the Bill and we do not intend to go on with the amendment. We still express some concern, as was expressed by our spokesman in the House of Representatives. There are in existence many organisations which perform splendid work in the social welfare advisory field and one must doubt therefore that the Government needs to go to the expense of establishing a Commission which, in part, will duplicate the work of these existing bodies. Nevertheless, we see a lot of merit in the Bill. I hope that this Commission, when set up, will not usurp the responsibilities of the social welfare bodies which have been appointed in these States. Perhaps the Special Minister of State (Senator Willesee) could give us an assurance on that. Otherwise, we support the Bill.

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