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Thursday, 15 July 1915

Senator BAKHAP (Tasmania.) ., - I move: -

1.   That in order to afford the greatest; most sustained, and systematic- measure of assistance to the Empire in the prosecution of the> war;, wad to distribute- the burden oS sacrifice over all. the suitable : male- population of the Commonwealth in equitable measure, the: Senate is of opinion that compulsory service to augment, and reinforce- the- ranks of the Expeditionary Forces should; Do at once instituted, aa it. believes that the inflexible determination of.' the Australian, people to. aid in securing victory for the Empire and its, Allies in- the present possibly- long-continued struggle will' be thus fully declared, confirmed, and: practicality' effected.

2.   That- the- foregoing, resolution-, he transmitted to the House of Representatives for itsconcurrence..

As the motion is. most important, , and has the most, intimate, relationship to the defence of the Empire, at this juncture, and the. advancement of the. causa of the- Empire, and its Allies, I purpose: addressing myself to it in no. drama-tie or emotional way,, but hope to deal, with the principle embodied in; it as. I. would attempt, to deal with, a mathematical problem,. It- is with, some- pleasure- that I discuss- the terms of. the, motion and argue for its principles,, because it, is not a party motion,, and I. anticipate- getting/ very substantial! support' from: honorable- senators who are opposed to me on many matters at; issue between the two parties-.

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