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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) (Minister of Trade and Customs) . - I regret that I cannot accept the amendment. I inserted this clause because of special cases which came before me in the Department, and which seemed to me to be very hard indeed.

In my speech on the second reading, I referred to the case of a white man who had married a half-caste kanaka, and who could not be allowed to have his child on the plantation simply on account of there being no such provision as this in the law. I took the responsibility of allowing him to remain. I think the wording of the clause is more liberal than is necessary, and I cannot possibly accept the amendment. I have gone a long way in inserting this provision in opposition to the views of many honorable members.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 12 agreed to.

Bill reported, with an amendment.

Motion (by Mr. Isaacs) agreed to -

That the Standing Orders be suspended to enable the Bill to pass through its remaining stages without delay.

Report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

Sir WILLIAMLYNE (Hume- Minister of Trade and Customs). - Perhaps the deputy leader of the Opposition will not object to my going on with the Excise Bill.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I certainly shall do so. I am anxious to sit here after Christmas.

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