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Friday, 9 July 1915

Senator BAKHAP (Tasmania) . - I do not wish to obstruct the passage of these measures, and I am quite willing to withdraw what might seem to be an attempt at obstruction if the Minister will give me the assurance that if the Senate deems it fit and proper, one Bill that I particularly wish to discuss may be recommitted, or, at any rate, not hurried through.

Senator Pearce - I ask, Mr. President, whether the honorable senator, in moving to recommit a Bill on the third reading, is entitled to give reasons for asking for the recommittal?

The PRESIDENT - At that stage an honorable senator will be in order in moving for the recommittal of a Bill for a certain purpose, and in giving reasons why the Bill should be recommitted.

Senator BAKHAP - I shall formally ask Ministers whether they are prepared to accept a certain position, and recommit one Bill for that purpose. In that way the attitude that I intend to take up will be clearly defined, as well as the position of the Government on the matter.

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