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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . - The brief explanation of the Assistant Treasurer (Mr. Bruce) is not satisfactory to me. There are other references to the proclamation in this schedule of amendments, and I should like to know exactly why these alterations are thought to be necessary. The bill provides that proclamations may be issued in respect of certain public bodies. The words " a proclamationissued in pursuance of seem to me to be definite enough. If there is need to alter them we should be told the reason for it. On the other hand, if there is as little in this amendment as the Assistant Treasurer has suggested, I cannot understand why the committee should be worried with it. It is strange to me that drafting alterations should be necessary in a bill which, presumably, was carefully prepared in the first place. I take it that this amendment is not consequential upon any other alteration.


Mr BEASLEY - Then the reason for inserting it must be to make an alteration.

Mr Scullin - It looks to me like a mere alteration in verbiage.

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