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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2247

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Marriott (TASMANIA) - Senator Wright'samendment reads:

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

(a)   his interest is recorded in the minutes; and

(b)   his interest is disclosed in any report in which he participates.

The question before the Committee is that the words proposed to be added by Senator Wright's amendment be so added. Those of that opinion say aye, to the contrary no, I think the ayes have it.

Amendment agreed to.

Senator Wriedt - I am sorry, I did not get an opportunity to speak before you, Mr Temporary Chairman, put the question. Perhaps I am out of order in speaking now.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Does the Minister seek leave to make a statement?

Senator Wriedt - Yes.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Senator WRIEDT(Tasmania-Minister for Primary Industry)- I accept the inclusion of subclause (3) in clause 20.

Senator Cotton - On behalf of my Party, I thank the Minister for his acceptance of the amendment.

Senator Wright - I am most grateful, too.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 2 1 agreed to.

Clause 22.

(   1 ) In the performance of its functions, the Commission shall have regard to the desire of the Australian Government, in pursuing the general objectives of national economic and social policy and urban and regional development, to improve and promote the well-being of the people of Australia, with full employment, stability in the general level of prices, viability in external economic relations, conservation of the natural environment and rising and generally enjoyed standards of living and, in particular, to the desire of the Australian Government to-

(a)   improve the efficiency with which the community's productive resources are used;

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