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Wednesday, 28 September 1910


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I draw the Minister's attention to the fact that this clause deals, not with any wrong-doing on the part of the holder of a certificate, but with failings in the nature of infirmities. But sub-clauses 4 and 5 speak of " the charge." 1 admit that there is not very much in the point, but it is not usual to " charge " a man simply because his eyesight is failing. Incompetency might arise from any mental or physical failing, but that would not constitute anything in the nature of what we usually call " a charge." When a charge is made against a person, he is usually accused of having done something wrong. The clause itself recognises the desirableness of avoiding that term in the first part, where the word " unfitness " is used. It would be more in accordance with the spirit of the Bill to use the word " unfitness " throughout.


Senator Pearce - We could not very well speak of an inquiry into unfitness.


Senator MILLEN - It is hardly correct to speak of a charge being made when an unfortunate man breaks down in health. I do not like the term at all. However, if the Committee see no objection to applying such a harsh word to a man's infirmity I cannot help it.







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