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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3403

Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - I have a good deal of sympathy with Senator Carrick in respect of this amendment because of the sensitivity of State governments in relation to their right to administer their own laws. However, I do not think the duck season is a good example. It might very well be a reason for not passing the amendment. From my experience, there have been all sorts of difficulties involved in coordinating the opening and closing of duck seasons.

Senator Missen - Ducks are not good federalists.

Senator STEELE HALL -No, they are not good federalists, they are centralists. But, of course, I do have sympathy with the inherent right of the States in this matter. Again, I have discussed this with the Minister and I understand his desire not to have the amendment at all. I also understand his desire to have the words 'or Territory' deleted from this amendment. I think that is fair enough. The matter in relation to a Territory is not the same as it is in relation to a State. The Commonwealth has a greater responsibility in respect of Territories than it does in respect of States. In a Territory there is not the same self-government as exists in a State. I should like to support the amendment with the exclusion of the words 'or Territory'. I do not know at what stage I should move for the deletion of these words, Mr Chairman, as I have not before been involved in such procedure in this chamber. However, at the appropriate stage, I shall move to delete the words 'or Territory' and then vote for the amendment.

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