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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - When the Committee adjourned the deliberation on this Bill some time ago, it was announced that a deputation would wait on the Attorney-General with the object of placing before him certain suggestions with regard to some of its provisions. That deputation did wait on the Minister, and the Attorney-General intimated that some of the suggestions would be accepted by him, and, through the representative of the Government in charge of the Bill, would be proposed to the Senate. I should like to ask the Minister if he is in a position to state which of the desired amendments the Government intend to adopt; because, if the Minister can make an announcement now, it will simplify the task which the Committee has before it. . Senator GARDINER (New South Wales - Vice-President of the Executive Council) [3.30]. - A deputation did wait on the Attorney-General, who, I know, is favorable to certain of their- suggestions; and the position the Government propose to take up towards this "Bill, so lar as this afternoon is concerned, is to agree to postpone any clause which an honorable senator wishes postponed, but to get on with the clauses to which no exception has been taken by the insurance companies or by any one else. As a matter of fact, there are conflicting deputations with conflicting views, and this makes it a little difficult to determine what we will do. We have brought the Bill on now because it is felt that perhaps these useful measures usually get scant consideration at the hands of Parliament.

Senator Bakhap - You do not suspect a party motive ?

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