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Thursday, 17 June 1915


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - I was present when progress was reported on this measure, and, if my recollection serves me correctly, the Minister in charge submitted the purpose and object of it, but I think there was a general feeling in the Committee that it was not properly understood. Members of the Senate did not seem to be in agreement as to what would be the effect of the provision, if carried. Since then, a considerable interval has elapsed.


Senator Russell - There was a desire to misrepresent the object of the measure.


Senator KEATING - Speaking for myself, I can say that nothing was further from my mind. I was not at all clear about the purpose and object of the measure.


Senator Russell - A question was raised about whisky, and that was the end of it.


Senator KEATING - I know I was not at all clear about the matter. Perhaps the Minister will now briefly explain to us again what is the purpose and object of the Bill.







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