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Friday, 11 March 1932

Bill returned from the Senate with amendments.

Motion (by Mr. Bruce) proposed -

That the foregoing message be taken into consideration in committee forthwith.

Mr.BEASLEY West Sydney [l.7].The Senate's amendments to this bill were made available to members only this morning. This measure affects in a particular way the State of New South Wales, and I should like more time to study the amendments and their effect. There are in all 22 amendments, some of which; it is true, do not appear to be of much consequence, but others may have, so far as I can judge, a most far-reaching effect, and if agreed to, might encroach on the liberty of individuals, and the right of free speech. Amendments providing for alterations of that kind cannot be treated lightly by this House. As this matter particularly concerns the people whom I represent, I am not prepared to allow the amendments to be considered before I have had an opportunity of perusing them. If some of them are as drastic in their effect as I believe them to be, honorable members should be permitted to consider them over the week-end. We have not all the advantage of a legal training, and the precise purport of amendments is not always immediately apparent to laymen. I trust that other honorable members will support me in my request for further time.

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