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Thursday, 19 November 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - Although the principles enunciated by Senator Duncan-Hughes are consistent with the attitude which the honorable senator has always adopted in the Senate, I do not agree with the views that he has expressed in opposing an extension by fourteen days of the period during which these schedules must be validated. I admit that the negotiations between the Commonwealth and certain countries have been somewhat protracted, and I am sure that every honorable senator hopes that they will be brought to a successful conclusion. I have sufficient faith in the Government to believe that within the next few days negotiations with at least one of the. countries concerned will be concluded successfully. Even the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) agreed not to debate the bill when an assurance was given by the Minister that Parliament will be allowed eight days in which to discuss the schedules. Although the views of the honorable senator may be opposed to those of the Government he did not attempt to debate this measure. He is willing to defer an expression of opinion in the hope that the dispute may be settled amicably. Reiteration of principles, however vital, will not assist in that direction. In these circumstances I shall support the bill, because I know that the Government will honour its promise to give this chamber sufficient time in which to debate the schedules before this period of the session terminates.

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