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Friday, 16 August 1912

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - I may be permitted to add a little to, and emphasize, what has been said by Senators Chataway and Gould with regard to the presentation of the Auditor-General's report. I have looked up a concrete instance, which will make clear to the Government, and also to Senator Guthrie, what is meant by our contention. The Treasurer's statement for the year ending 30th June, 1910, was ordered to be printed on the 5th September, 191 1. Without going into the question of any sectional aims or views, honorable senators will all agree that the Treasurer's statement for the year ending 30th June, 1910, should have been presented long before the 5th September, 191 1. I wish to ask Senator McGregor to explain, if he can, in Committee, what is meant by sub-section 2 of the proposed new section 63A. The verbiage is not good, and, having read it carefully, and consulted the principal Act, I am unable to discover what it really means. It reads -

The regulations made in pursuance of this section may direct that any of the provisions of sections thirty-three, thirty-four, and forty-six of this Act shall not apply in relation to any matter in respect of which regulations are made under, this section.

I like to read something that I can understand. No doubt, this is capable of explanation, and I ask the Vice-President of the Executive Council to tell us, in Committee, what this cumbersome and elaborate phraseology means?

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