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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I cannot under any circumstances accept the amendment now suggested. The Government wish the new sub-clauses to be carried as they are submitted. Senator St. Ledger is, of course, extremely anxious to weaken the whole of the compulsory enrolment provisions. I do him no injustice by making that statement, because on Friday last he put up a strong fight for that purpose. In nearly all Acts of Parliament in which statutory declarations are. provided for, it is insisted that they shall be made before duly accredited witnesses. I thought that I was meeting the wishes of the Opposition by bringing down these new sub-clauses, but, apparently, honorable senators opposite are not satisfied even now. The proposals have simply given them additional vigour to fight against a principle which was indorsed on Friday by fourteen votes to twelve. I trust the Committee will not entertain the amendment moved by Senator St. Ledger, or any others to the same effect.

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