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Tuesday, 22 November 1910


Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I cannot understand the attitude of some members 'of the Opposition. In the past they have complained that every measure has been cut and dried, and that it was impossible to induce Ministers to entertain a suggestion for an alteration. Here is a measure on which there can be a difference of opinion regarding each item. I recognise that it is wrong for a man when he introduces- a measure to take up the attitude that there can be no alteration made, no matter what information may come to hand. I cannot blame the Honorary Minister for the attitude which he is taking up on this occasion. If, since the measure was considered in another place, he and the Minister of Trade and Customs have learned that certain alterations are desirable, why should they not be made? So far as I can understand the position, the Bill, if passed in its present form, will create anomalies. Surely the Ministry are to be commended for taking prompt steps to prevent such a thing.


Senator Vardon - Representations from other States cannot reach Melbourne.


Senator DE LARGIE - Surely the honorable senator will recognise that, because people in Western Australia cannot, owing to their geographical position, keep in touch with the Minister up to the last moment, and point out anomalies which are being created, that is no argument against people in Victoria pointing out how, if the measure be passed in its present form, certain anomalies will be created.


Senator Vardon - A copy of the measure cannot have reached Western Australia.


Senator DE LARGIE - Exactly, and I agree with Senator Givens that people in the distant States have not the same opportunity to approach the Minister as have people in Melbourne. But is that any reason why we should perpetuate wrong decisions which have been come to in another place? I do not think it is. 1 regret that people in Western Australia have not an opportunity to bring their grievances before the Parliament, and to get them dealt with as effectively as have people in Melbourne. But that is no reason why I should take a course which will put the latter at a disadvantage. I hope that any proposal which may be made regarding the measure will receive due consideration, no matter from which side it may emanate.


Senator Vardon - I should like to know the reason for this proposal. I do not understand the item at all.







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