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Thursday, 10 June 1915

Senator SENIOR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The parliamentary draftsman of South Australia is not avail, able to members without the consent of the Minister of the Department to which he is attached.

Senator MILLEN - I do not know what they do in a State which is sometimes charged with doing peculiar things; but I know that in my own State the practice is that members wishing to draftBills that they propose to introduce, or amendments, have available to them the services of a competent draftsman, and that practice has worked with entire satisfaction to all concerned. . It seems anomalous that the Secretary to the representatives of the Government, if called upon to advise a Minister in the course of a debate as to the terms of a motion which the Minister himself is submitting, should be suddenly required to draft an amendment to destroy that measure. I submit that it would not be satisfactory to the Minister, and, in my opinion, it would be unfair to the officer himself. I trust, therefore, that if anything is done a parliamentary draftsman will be made available and be responsible to Parliament, and to Parliament alone.

Senator KEATING(Tasmania) [3.37"|. - I think the Minister has correctly stated the position. I have been associated with the Senate since the beginning, and was closely connected with the members of the first Government. The first private Bill which was introduced into the Senate, within my recollection, was that of a colleague of mine from Tasmania, Senator Dobson. It was known as the Divorce Bill, and was drafted and prepared for Senator Dobson by the then Secretary to the representatives of the Government in the Senate.

Senator Millen - Had permission been obtained from a Minister?

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