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Tuesday, 12 December 1911


Senator RAE (New South Wales) - I do not see why the Vice-President of the Executive Council should accuse me of a desire to muddle the Bill because I seek to get a common-sense provision inserted in it. Are we to understand that every Bill which is submitted for our consideration is to be regarded in the same light as a passage in Divine Scripture?


Senator Mcgregor - It is a question that depends on circumstances, and should not be in the Bill at all.


Senator RAE - I cannot see what circumstances the question depends upon. It would not be fair to make fish of one and fowl of the other. It seems to me to be so obviously a matter that should not depend on circumstances, butshould be the subject of even treatment all round, that I cannot see what objection there can be to the amendment. I have no doubt that if some exalted member of the Opposition, like Senator Symon, had moved the. amendment, the Government would have agreed to incorporate it in the Bill forthwith.







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