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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - I prefer the amendment as submitted by Senator Maughan to that suggested by Senator Gould. The object of the Bill is to bring about in the Com- monwealth a uniform system of insurance. If Deputy Commissioners were appointed in the various States having equal authority with the Commissioner, we might have different systems and methods creeping in, and in that way the object of the Bill would be defeated. If we make it necessary for the Deputy Commissioners in the different States to refer certain questions to the Commissioner, we shall insure a uniform system, because the 'Commissioner will, of course, be bound to give the same decision upon similar questions arising in any of the States.

Senator Turley - It may lead to centralization.

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - We must not assume that everything will be referred to the Commissioner. Under other Acts which have been referred to, Commissioners and also Deputy Commissioners are provided for. The Deputy Commissioners have to refer important questions to the Commissioner in order to secure uniformity, but they are able to settle questions of less importance themselves. If Deputy Commissioners of Insurance are given authority, as Senator Gould seems to suggest, to settle big and little questions affecting insurance without reference to the Commissioner, that may lead to the adoption of different systems in different States.

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