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Wednesday, 27 November 1935

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) . - This particular proposal contains a number of points to which the Opposition objects. Wo have already mentioned those objections. At this juncture, I wish merely to point to the Assistant Minister's (Senator Brennan) amendment at the end- of clause 7 as one result of the second-reading debate, and the contribution of members of the Opposition to that debate.

Senator Brennan - The suggestion came from the honorable senator.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - I do not claim the credit for myself.I suggest that the action taken by the Assistant Minister is proof of the need for the scrutiny of measures by members of the Opposition. Ministerial supporters were quite content to accept the bill as it stood originally.

Senator Brennan - That is not so.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - In none of the speeches by supporters of the Government was the need for a change of this character indicated. The fact that this alteration has been made at the eleventh hour shows, in my opinion, that many more amendments could have been made to the bill. These, I believe, will be made in the House of Representatives.

Amendment agreed to.

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