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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1083

Senator DURACK (Western Australia) - The Opposition proposes to support the amendment which has been moved by Senator Hall. I think the reasons have been stated clearly by him. This is another example of the efforts by the Federal Minister to arrogate to himself as much power as he possibly can. Not only is the Minister getting the power to approve of programs and to vary them, but having done all that and the local authorities having acted on approvals which are in the nature of agreements, he is then getting the power to revoke that approval, and it could have the serious effect of throwing into complete disarray the programs that the States or local authorities are carrying out or are planning to carry out. For those reasons we will support the amendment.

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