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Wednesday, 4 August 1920

Mr HUGHES (Bendigo) (Prime Minister and Attorney-General) . - I move -

That the time allotted shall be -

(a)   For the second reading af the Bill, until 3.30 p.m. on Friday, the 6th August ;

(b)   For theCommittee stage of the Bill, to the end of Part III. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, the 12th August.

(c)   For the remainder of the Committee stage of the Bill, until 10 p.m. on Thursday, the 12th August.

(d)   For the remaining stages of the Bill, until 10.30 p.m. on Thursday, the 12th August.

It is proposed that a week shall be given to the consideration of the measure. A great deal, no doubt, could be said upon it on the second reading in the way of generalities; but its provisions are such as must be discussed in the main in Committee, and therefore a longer time has been allotted to the Committee stage than would otherwise be given. The second reading, and the consideration of the measure in Committee up to and including Part III., are the' stages that are of the most importance. The rest of the Bill is made up chiefly of machinery clauses, so that the final stages must be largely formal when the opinions of honorable members have been thoroughly ascertained on the matters of substance. It cannot be said that the measure is being rushed through. I am sure honorable members would not like me to dive into the recesses of my memory for a striking example--

Several honorable members interjecting,

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