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Wednesday, 13 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - You, sir, have just put the vote for the Parliament to the Committee, but you have overlooked the " Abstract " at the beginning of the Schedule. I do not know what the practice has hitherto been. I do not think that the form referred to is of any use, so far as the Bill is concerned, though it may be useful to honorable members. But a difficulty might arise if we passed it now. You, sir, were ignoring it, and going on to the next page, whilst I think that the Abstract should either be dealt with or postponed. If the Committee approves of it at this stage, it may approve of a certain amount which honorable senators might subsequently seek to amend in detail. I take it that it would be well to postpone the Abstract, as we postponed the clause dealing with the issue and application of the amount asked for.

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