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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2910

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I move:

1.   That the Senate concurs in the resolution transmitted to the Senate by message 1 57 of the House of Representatives, namely, that paragraph 12 of the resolution of the appointment of the Joint Committee on Pecuniary Interests of Members of the Parliament be omitted and that the following paragraph be substituted:

(   12) That the committee report within the shortest reasonable period, not later than 29 May 1975, and that any member of the committee have power to add a protest or dissent to any report.

2.   That the foregoing resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives by message.

Senator Sir MAGNUSCORMACK (Victoria) ( 1 1.40)- Before the motion is put, I was wondering whether the Manager of Government Business in the Senate could inform the Senate as to the reasons it has been found necessary to make this substitution.

Senator DOUGLASMCCLELLAND (New South Wales- Manager of Government Business in the Senate)- in reply- I am given to understand that this substitution is necessary because the question of time is involved. Certain details have been sought by the Committee. I understand a questionnaire has been sent to members of the Committee. It is felt the Committee will need the additional time before it will be able effectively to report its deliberations to the Parliament.

Senator Sir Magnus Cormack - I can well understand the factor of time. But there is a second matter involved. Why is it necessary -

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