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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
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Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - In answer to Senator Wright's question, there are really 2 reasons. Firstly, the Commission will need to take time to establish itself and set up the machinery that will be necessary. For example, if this Bill were passed tonight it would obviously be some time before references could be made to the Commission because the machinery simply would not be established. The second reason is that there are one or two cases at least where a proper inquiry has been made or consideration has been given to particular legislation. If the Act were made to operate immediately, it would mean that certain cases would need to be referred to the Commission again for examination. In other words, there must be a bridging period, and the Government is allowing a bridging period up to 1 July of next year.

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