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Friday, 12 December 1913


The PRESIDENT - Order ! The honorable senator is not in order in referring to the debate on another Bill, or to anything concerning another Bill. The question is that this Bill be now read a second time.


Senator RAE - I did not want to make more than an incidental reference to the fact. We do not know, considering how previous legislation was dealt with, whether we can expect the Minister to be in earnest with regard to this Bill.


Senator Clemons - We are quite in earnest.


Senator RAE - I, also, am in earnest in wanting to insert a clause which was proposed in another place and rejected. I am not so particular about the clause relating to liquor, although I think it would be a good thing, from the point of view of a moderate drinker, or a heavy drinker, or a non-drinker, to have at least one part of the Commonwealth where there was no liquor, so that hopeless victims might be given a term there. It would not affect me, as I am an abstainer. I know of many excellent men in the community whose valuable talents have become entirely lost through their becoming unwilling victims to drink. Therefore, I believe that it would' be an exceedingly good thing if there was one teetotal corner of the Commonwealth where hopeless victims could not get any drink.







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