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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr WEST (East Sydney) -1am not complaining about any action on the part of the Government. I . know that, in the past, Parliaments all over the world -have done many things which they ought not to have done; and my object is to make Parliament a truly democratic institution, as nearly perfect as my abilities will permit. I have had a long experience of life and men, and it justifies me in giving no more privileges than are absolutely necessary to any person. I feel that my view is the correct one, but I am afraid that my brother legislators have not reached that true ideal of Democracy that I have, and that I shall have to wait until they begin to understand what it is that the people really expect. I certainly have had some pleasure in ventilating my views this afternoon, and I am confident that the day will come when honorable members will appreciate the pearls of wisdom that have fallen from me. I ask leave to withdraw my amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 4 and 5 agreed to.

Clause 6 (Penalty for refusing to be sworn, &c).

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