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Tuesday, 14 March 1961

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK - The honorable gentleman begins somewhat badly. The statement a year ago was not a confident statement that something would be done. It was a statement that the Government would examine the matter; and the Government has honoured its promise. The present proposal is anything but timid. It is a new concept to me that a person who undertakes to treat with six AttorneysGeneral with a view to unanimity is timid. I would think that, on the contrary, that is a rather courageous enterprise. The Commonwealth, of course, can cover a deal of this field - much more than is commonly thought perhaps - but there is no sense in leaving boles in a legislative scheme which cannot be filled by the Commonwealth, and I should have thought it good sense to try to get the co-operation of the States in an attempt to make the project more effective.

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