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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - I think we should be much obliged to the Government for proposing to modify the provisions of the proposed new section 61e. I have not travelledgreat distances in the bush, but a few years ago, as a bank inspector, and accompanied by a man, I travelled from Thornborough to Georgetown on the Etheridge gold-field. It took us over six days to travel about 200 miles, and from the time we left Thornborough until we reached Georgetown we came across only two men - one a mailman, and the other a horse thief. We passed through two or three stations, but the station hands were out on the runs. The Minister must recognise the awkward position in which many electors of the Commonwealth will be situated. I shall not take up time arguing the matter unnecessarily, but I think there is a great deal of force in the contention of the minority. When we are in a minority we are generally right.

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