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Thursday, 22 October 1914

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - Senator Stewart seems to have forgotten why we originally adopted the period of thirty days. It is not necessary that thirty days should elapse before rules are laid before Parliament; rules may be laid before Parliament the day after they have been framed.

Senator Turley - They are usually gazetted as soon as they are made.

Senator KEATING - Yes. In adopting the period of thirty days, Parliament considered that it was necessary to enable persons living in distant parts of the Commonwealth to become acquainted with contemplated changes, so that they might, if necessary, state their objections to them to their parliamentary representatives, with a view to having those objections considered by Parliament. Thirty days is not too long a period, if these considerations have weight.

Amendment negatived.

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