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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3015

Senator GUILFOYLE (Victoria) - I indicate on behalf of the Opposition that the Opposition has re-considered its attitude to this measure. As stated by its spokesman for social security in the House of Representatives, the Opposition does not insist on the amendment. However, I would like to take this opportunity to draw attention to the commitment given by the Minister for Repatriation and Compensation (Senator Wheeldon), representing the Minister for Social Security (Mr Hayden), that any programs that had been commenced under this scheme would be permitted to be concluded despite the fact that the date of expiry of the agreement may have been reached. The Opposition hopes that the commitment that was made when we dealt with the Bill in the Senate will be upheld, and for the reasons that were stated and the fact that there is a committee report expected by the Minister for Social Security the Opposition shall not insist on the amendment being carried.

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