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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2241

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - The Government opposes this amendment. It is not of any great moment but if those words sought to be omitted by the amendment are omitted it would mean that the Chairman could not exercise such powers until he had consulted the commissioners. That is to say, if he wants to exercise a discretion in the convening of meetings, it would be necessary if this amendment were carried for him to consult the commissioners. This restricts his discretion and I believe that it is not in the interests of the operation of the Commission to do that. However, it is not an amendment over which the Government will be greatly concerned, though if this amendment were carried there would be an inhibiting factor in the day to day work of the Commission and especially of the Chairman.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 10 to 17- by leave- taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 18

(   1 ) Subject to sub-section 9(3) and to this section, the Chairman shall convene such meetings of the Commission as he thinks necessary for the efficient performance of the functions of the Commission.

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