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Thursday, 15 August 1912

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . - In my second-reading speech I expressed "the view that it would be a great hardship if no provision was made in the Bill to defray the expense§ of a person who was summoned to attend a Commission, perhaps, in another State. It is immaterial to me what form of words is used, so long as provision is made that a witness shall be tendered reasonable expenses. A resident of Melbourne can afford to attend a Commission sitting in this State; but witnesses may be summoned from Queensland. A man in Queensland cannot always afford £1$ or £20 to come down here, and he will fail to attend, because of the want of money. I thought of asking the Committee to insert after " witness " the words " after reasonable expenses have been tendered " ; but I am willing that the amendment should be made wherever it may be thought advisable. I do not wish to cavil or haggle over the matter. I shall be satisfied if the Minister will make the amendment in any shape he likes.

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