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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2245

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - I am asking you to confine your remarks to the clause.

Senator WRIGHT - I do so willingly, having expressed my point of view about the wholly inappropriate remarks to which Senator Wriedt committed himself. Whatever the situation is, it is not a proper protection for the integrity of the Industries Assistance Commission. Having regard to these matters, I do not wish to take up the Committee's time. I adhere to my original request. I ask the Minister for Primary Industry (Senator Wriedt), as a matter of courtesy, to postpone consideration of the clause to let us examine the precedents and ask his officers to consider the matter before the Bill comes back to us on the morrow. I would think that, for his protection, and to ensuring the Commission's complete independence from any industry interest -

Senator Poyser - Who drafted your amendment?

Senator WRIGHT - I do not know. I am just saying to the Committee that clause 20 is wholly insufficient to assure the Parliament that members of the Commission are adequately insulated from interest in an industry on which they have to make a decision to grant assistance or to make a decision to reject assistance to an industry with which they are in competition. I do not wish to take any more time to state a simple principle. I do not wish anybody to rest upon something that was done in another place. The Senate operates upon its own principles. I ask the Minister, in consideration of that, to postpone consideration of the clause until after the last clause has been dealt with.

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