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Thursday, 26 November 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - The representations of certain bodies, and particularly those made by Senator Keating, have been brought under the notice of the AttorneyGeneral, whose Department is responsible for the Bill. I am in a position to say now that if it goes through without this amendment being either pressed or carried, the Attorney-General will consider the matter. We did not anticipate that other business would have been dealt with so quickly as it has been. We have reached this Bill earlier than we expected to do, and for that reason this question has not been dealt with by the AttorneyGeneral. When the report stage is reached, we shall go no further with the Bill until the Department has had an opportunity of dealing with the whole question of the Registrar. The decision arrived at by the Attorney-General and his officers will be made known to the Senate ; and if the representations of Senator Keating are 'to be embodied in the Bill, an amendment to that effect will be accepted when it is recommitted to deal with other clauses.

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