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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Mr HAYLEN (Parkes) .- Honorable members on this side of the House have listened with great interest to what the honorable member for Chisholm (Sir Wilfred Kent Hughes) has said regarding the machinery of this bill. He has obviously examined the clause before us very carefully and has checked it against the original bill. He has the benefit of a substantial background in these matters, and was formerly himself a Minister. When he saysthat the draftsmanship is sloppy we must pay attention to what he says, and when we realize that the measure is setting up a unique and extraordinary system, we are all the more interested. Perhaps he will put his thoughts in the form of an amendment that we may consider later. I do not want to say anything further about it at this stage except to point out a very real difficulty. I think that the Minister himself will agree that the word " ballot " is quite an alien word so far as service for one's country is concerned. The definition is not clear, and a whimsical Minister might place his own construction on it. We have had whimsical Ministers in the past, and we might have them in the future. The Minister has said that no person would be pulled into line, but I have seen the occasion when that has occurred, and even a ballot could not have prevented it. So this may be the time to consider what the honorable member for Chisholm (Sir Wilfred Kent Hughes) has said. If a definitive amendment is to be moved the Opposition will consider it and, if necessary, support it.

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