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Friday, 14 October 1910

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) (Minister for Defence) . - I move -

That this Bill be now read a second time.

Honorable senators understood . yesterday that my remarks on the Sugar Bounty Bill were directed to both Bills dealing with the sugar industry, and therefore I do not propose to discuss this Bill further. Yesterday I stated that the two Bills could be referred to one Committee, but I find that no very great convenience would result from taking that course.

Senator St Ledger - And there would be some inconvenience.

Senator PEARCE - Exactly. What I propose now is that this Bill should be read a second time, and committedpro forma; that the other Bill should then be read a second time, and dealt with in Committee; and that afterwards this Bill should be considered in Committee.

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