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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - Some honorable senators have objected to the amendment simply because it has been made in another place. I cannot understand why a proposition should be opposed because it is made by some one else. That is not a logical or reasonable way in which to deal with amendments made in another place upon Bills introduced in the Senate. We should pay as much attention to such amendments as we expect another place to pay to amendments we make in Bills introduced there.

Senator Bakhap - The other place is the chamber of review in this case.

Senator DE LARGIE - As a rule, legislation is initiated in another place, and the Senate is the chamber of review. If amendments made in the Senate were turned down in another place merely because they were made here, we should consider ourselves very lightly treated. This Bill was passed in the Senate in a very hurried fashion, and I am as much, to blame as other members of the Senate for not having given it the consideration which, perhaps, it deserved. There is no reason at all why we should object, upon the further information which has been disclosed by the discussion in another place, to agree to liberalize this measure. The Government are prepared to support the amendment, and they are in possession of information upon the matters with which the Bill is intended to deal which private members cannot claim to possess. I will support the amendment, because I believe that it will make this a better measure than it was when it left our hands.

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