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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
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Senator WHEELDON (Western AustraliaMinister for Repatriation and Compensation) - I am glad that this has been done. I think all honourable senators know what will be the outcome of a subsequent vote, but the Government is not prepared to accept the amendment as amended. I must confess I am pleased to see the reliance of Senator Carrick upon the Trade Practices Act. It is not an Act which I have known in the past to arouse the same enthusiasm from him and I must confess that at this late stage it does not have quite the same appeal to me as it did once. A remarkable sort of double conversion has been going on in the Senate. With due deference to the draftsmen- no doubt the learned draftsmen, as they ail are- who prepared the Trade Practices Act, I am still not sure what is being said here or what is proposed by the amendment. I am a little nonplussed in trying to work out what is supposed to happen when it is found that conflicting laws have been made on the same subject by the Australian Parliament and a State parliament. I really do not know. I do not quite follow it. In any event, I can see that the amendment is going to be passed. No doubt we will all be much wiser, and probably also sadder if things keep on going in the way in which they have been going, when we reassemble next year and are perhaps able to deal with the matter in a more informed manner. The Government rejects the amendment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 20 to 68- by leave- taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 69 (International agreements).

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