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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2253

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - The Government will oppose this amendment. I refer to a letter from Sir John Crawford to the Prime Minister (Mr Whitlam) dated 5 September this year dealing with this point where Sir John said:

I draw your attention to the fact that the Bill contains, at my request, one important departure from my report. I had recommended in the report that, in relation to tariffs, the Commission should be given power to initiate its own inquiries ten years after the particular duties were imposed or since the Commission last reported. I had also recommended that, in relation to other forms of assistance, the Commission have power to initiate inquiries after six years. On reflection I now consider that the reasons I had for differentiating the time period as between different forms of assistance in relation to the Commission's powers of initiative were not strong enough to justify ten years in one case and six in the other. Accordingly, I have suggested six years for both tariff and non-tariff cases.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Marriott - Order! It being 1 1 p.m., and in accordance with the sessional order of the Senate, I put the question:

That the Temporary Chairman do now leave the Chair and report to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative. (The Temporary Chairman having reported accordingly)

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