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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2244

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - Mr Chairman,after that marathon effort by Senator Wright, in which he took 10 minutes to put a point which I think he got across in the first minute, I shall now attempt to explain to him why this clause appears as it does in this Bill. It is quite correct that section 14 of the current Tariff Board Act states as follows:

A member shall not exercise any power by this Act conferred upon him in any matter in which he has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest.

The original Bill which was introduced in the House of Representatives contained precisely the same clause. As Senator Cotton indicated 20 minutes ago, and I do not know why we have wasted our time going through all this -

Senator Wright - You will waste more time if you do not deal with it objectively.

Senator WRIEDT -I will when Senator Wright has finished. We listened to him in silence. He always gets upset when he gets on his feet. He makes a mountain out of a molehill, no matter what subject he speaks on. Why does he not show the same respect as others and, for a change, be quiet while other people are speaking?

Senator Wright - You insolently insulted me.

Senator WRIEDT - I was insolent? Senator Wright would be the most insolent person who has ever walked inside the Senate. The original clause was replaced at the request of the Liberal Opposition in the House of Representatives. The original clause stated:

A Commissioner shall not exercise any power conferred upon him by this Act in any matter in which he has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest.

An amendment was moved by the Liberal Opposition, to which the Government agreed. The reason why it agreed was that under the original clause, which Senator Wright advocates, it could well be that somebody with rural interestsSenator Webster ought to take notice of thiscould have been precluded from acting as a commissioner. That is the reason why the Government accepted the amendment. After Senator Cotton indicated and Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson clearly indicated the reason- they could see immediately why this had been done- we had to listen to 20 minutes of nonsense from Senator Wright.

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