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Friday, 6 October 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - Unless we are very careful I foresee that we shall land ourselves in a difficulty. I submit that the position now is that we have created a blank in the line prescribing the penalty for a breach of the clause. Therefore, the correct course for us to adopt is to decide what word we shall insert in that blank.

Senator PEARCE ---But the Committee have decided to retain the word " pounds."

Senator MILLEN - The simple way out of the difficulty is for those who agree with Senator Walker to vote for the insertion of the word " five," and for those who, like the iconoclasts on this side of the chamber, desire to get away from rusty traditions to vote against it.

Question- That the word " Five " be inserted, resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Gardiner) proposed -

That the word " pounds " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " shillings."

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