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Thursday, 7 December 1905
Page: 6514

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - I think that the suggestion of the honorable member would permit of a degree of variety in the decisions of different Ministers which would introduce a highly undesirable element of uncertainty. At present we insure uniformity, so far as Ave can, by laying down conditions which every Minister will be called upon to observe. He will have to look at three points, and to satisfy himself thereon. If it were left optional one Minister might drop one condition, and another Minister might drop another condition, and the consequence would be that there would be no uniformity. In the circumstances, I do not think that the widening of the discretion to that extent is desirable.

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