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Friday, 29 October 1920

Mr BRENNAN (Batman) .- With reference to what the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Tudor) has said concerning the status of married women, I indicated in some remarks I made on the second reading that I would move an amendment to test the feeling of the Committee in that regard. I do not know whether the definition to which the Leader of the Opposition has referred is necessarily or entirely objectionable from my point of view, and for that reason I do not intend to raise the point here.

Mr Tudor - If the honorable member allows it to pass, it will prejudice his position at a later stage.

Mr BRENNAN - It might have that effect. It may be that if the amendment I propose moving for a new clause were adopted this part of the definition would have no meaning at all, so far as it relates to married women, but I could not be prevented from moving in that direction. So far as I could understand from the Minister, I believe he wishes this measure to be uniform with the British Act.

Mr Poynton - That is so.

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