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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I ask the honorable senator to withdraw his amendment. I can assure him that we have no intention of interfering with the extreme cases to which he has referred. Further, we desire this Bill to become law to enable us to deal with matters which we consider not only urgent, but important.

Senator Guthrie - Why object to the insertion of these words?

Senator GARDINER - For the simple reason that they might afford a means of proving that a particular case with which we desired to deal did not arise out of the war. I do not like such a wide and loose avenue of interpretation. I have no desire to hurry honorable senators in the discussion of this matter. But the necessity for the Bill is urgent, and I can say nothing further, except to assure Senator Guthrie that the extreme cases to which he referred will not be dealt with under its provisions. The Attorney- General is a reasonable man, and will not . go out of his? way to use the machinery provided in this measure in an absurd fashion. The Bill is intended to enable us to deal with special cases in a special way. There is no intention on the part of the Government to use the Bill in any way other than to conserve the best interests of thepeople.

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