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Wednesday, 21 July 1915

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) .- There is no such intention at present on the part of the Government, but a number of offers have been made, and if it becomes advisable to accept them it is just as well to have provision to empower the Government to do so.

Senator Keating - It will give the Government control over them while they are so acting.

Senator PEARCE - Yes.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 4 - (1.) A census or censuses shall be taken in such States territories or parts of the Commonwealth, and on such day or days, or within such period or periods, as the GovernorGeneral appoints by proclamation. (2. ) The persons or classes of persons who are required to furnish particulars for the purpose of any such census, and the nature of the particulars required to be furnished by them, shall be specified in the proclamation.

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