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Thursday, 22 July 1920

Mr GROOM (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Works and Railways) - Taking . the interpretation which has been put on corresponding. Acts in the Old Country, as I stated in moving the second reading, the accepted view is that the exchange of ratifications marks- the' termination of .the war.

Later, the Minister said - .

With the amendment I have indicated, the principal Act will then' read -

This Act shall continue in operation dur- ing -the continuance of the present state !" of .war- and for a period of three months ? thereafter,' or until the 31st July, 1911), whichever period is the longer, and no

* longer. [Further, the Minister stated -

If technically, the war does not finish until next June, that will not affect the attitude of _the Government in regard' to the revision of all these regulations.

The Hansard report proceeds -

Mr. Leckie.; Then, why prolong the Act for three months afterwards?

Mr GROOM - Because: after peace has been signed, certain precautionary measures may have to be taken as a result; of the Treaty of Peace itself. We are asking for this period of three months in order to enable us to safe:guard the interests of our country. ': '. ,i

That was in December, 1918; and yet, to-day, more than, "eighteen months having elapsed since;' that -.'time, we find the Act still %c in operation against, not the whole community, but only certain sections;1 of "its; 1 have moved the adjournment, of the" House to protest against the application, pf -the Act during all this time to only sections of the community after any benefits that might have attached to it have been whittled away by the Government, .'.who,- for. their own political purposes,, have, continued in. force only certain parts of the -Statute.

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