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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3401

Senator STEELE HALL (South Australia) - I understand the motives behind the amendment with which the Committee is now dealing. They are admirable. But I have consulted with the Minister for Repatriation and Compensation (Senator Wheeldon) about this matter and I am informed on his initiative and assured that the complete power to accomplish what the amendment proposes will rest in the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Bill and therefore this amendment would result in the duplication of the power to be held in another Act. As I am informed, the acceptance of this amendment would result in the legislation being cluttered with a dual power. That being the case, I do not see any necessity to proceed with it. For that reason, although I would approve the intention which I am told will exist in another Act, I propose to support the Government on the issue.

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