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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - If the assurance , of the Vice-President of the Executive Council had not been given so frequently on measures of this character, it would doubtless carry a little more weight. But we are all familiar with the incidents which occurred in another place in connexion with a Bill which honorable senators passed upon a similar invitation. Surely we have a right to debate measures, and to amend them just as much as the other branch of the Legislature. Seeing that this is emergency legislation, there can be no harm in adopting the amendment of Senator Gutlirie, who desires the provisions of this clause to be limited strictly to the duration of the war. I think that his amendment is a proper one, and I cannot see why the Minister should object to it. Tf it will not accomplish any good, certainly it will not achieve any harm.

Senator Gardiner - It is too vague and indefinite

Senator DE LARGIE - The Bill itself is vague and indefinite on the point that we are discussing.

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