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Thursday, 22 October 1914

Senator STEWART (Queensland) .- I move-

That in sub-clause 3 the words " or amending " be inserted after the word " disallowing"

The sub-clause would then read -

If either House of the Parliament passes a resolution of which notice has been given at any time within fifteen sitting days after any such rules hare been laid before such House disallowing or amending any rule-

Senator Keating - Look at the consequence.

Senator Blakey - If you amend you must accept.

Senator STEWART - If the amendment is carried, I propose to insert a consequential amendment. I think that Parliament is shearing itself of a power which it ought to religiously conserve when it says that it may reject any particular rule, and may not amend.

Senator Turley - Do not forget that it is a power given to one House.

Senator STEWART - It is a power given to either House, for either House may disallow, but may not amend. I submit that, in adopting this system, Parliament is deliberately hobbling itself.

Senator Bakhap - If you carry this amendment, you would have to recast the sub-clause.

Senator STEWART - Why not?

Senator Keating - What would you do if one House amended a rule, and the other did not?

Senator O'Keefe - Or if one House amended a rule, and the other disagreed.

Senator Keating - Or took no notice. If you disallow a rule, you indicate the nature of the amendment, which is required, and an amended one can be submitted.

Senator Turley - Or, if necessary, you may amend the law in that direction.

Senator STEWART - I see that there may be some difficulty, and, therefore, I ask leave to withdraw my amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 8 to1 1ageed to.

Clause 12-

There shall be an Inspector-General in Bankruptcy, who shall perform such duties as are prescribed.

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