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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2410

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate) - I have discussed this motion with Senator Wriedt who represents the Treasurer (Mr Crean) in this place. I indicate that the attitude is that the Government does not really oppose the reference. I suggest that an amendment be made. Perhaps the words 'slight variations' could be inserted instead of the word 'variations' in fairness to the Government. It may well be that there are no variations. I believe the motion should be altered to deal with that point. If it is not the assumption could be made that there are variations, whereas it may be the Treasurer's positionI do not want to canvass the matter- that there is not a variation. Perhaps we could insert the word 'apparent'. If we use 'apparent variations' the question is not pre-determined in the nature of the reference. Will the honourable senator accept that amendment so the matter becomes an open question to be examined.

Senator Laucke - Yes, I thought that my motion had been noted by the Government previously. I accept Senator Murphy's suggestion.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Milliner)- Is the motion seconded?

Senator Young - I second the motion.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

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