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Friday, 12 June 1914

Senator O'KEEFE (TASMANIA) - Will the Leader of the Senate take into consideration, with his colleague, the desirability of proceeding with another absolutely noncontentious measure if it is sent to the other House from the Senate and receives the concurrence of the Leader of the Opposition there? I refer to the measure which I desire leave to bring in to enable a referendum of the people to be taken at the coming elections as to whether they will allow paragraph 23 of section 51 of the Constitution to be altered to empower this Parliament to provide pensions for widows with young children dependent upon them. I can give the Minister, I feel sure, an assurance that if this measure were passed through the Senate it would be accepted by the Leader of the Opposition and his party in another place, and therefore would be in the same category as the two non-contentious measures which the honorable senator has stated will be proceeded with.

Senator MILLEN - I have nothing to add to the statement already made in reply to Senator O'Loghlin.

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