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Thursday, 15 July 1915

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I am really sorry I cannot accept the .amendment, because I recognise that it is an attempt on the part of Senator Bakhap to do in 'his way what we are doing .in ours. Had it improved upon the phrasing of the Bill ? I should have been >glad to accept it; but I -think the honorable senators with whom the honorable senator is associated will admit that it is not an -improvement. He merely tries to provide that the Court, instead of the Parliament, shall have the power to say what is a monopoly. A very good precedent has been established recently bearing upon this point. A Bill was dealt with in another place-

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator is hardly in order in entering at this stage on a discussion which would be much more properly undertaken in Committee after the Bill had been recommitted. The honorable senator is entitled to give reasons why the Bill should not be recommitted.

Senator GARDINER - I bow to your ruling. If there had been any chance of the measure receiving fuller discussion in Committee, or any need for its recommittal, I should have gladly fallen in with the proposal to .recommit it, but we can just as well settle the matter now as later.

Senator Bakhap - I have given you a free and honest offer, and you have refused it.



Question - That the Bill .be recommitted for the consideration of clause 2 - resolved in the negative.

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