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Friday, 29 April 1921


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is all very well to say, "When we come to it," but it is possible that after discussion on clause 18 the Minister in charge of the Bill may find it necessary to withdraw it for the purpose of re-drafting. I say this in view of the opinion of the Committee concerning clause 18. If such a thing as I suggest is possible it does seem to me that we shall be rather wasting our time in considering now the clauses which come before clause 18.

TheCHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap). - The honorable senator must connect his remarks with clause 9, which is now before the Committee.

Senator GARDINER(New South Wales) [11.41. - I was addressing myself to this question last night, when the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) asked me to resume my seat to enable us to adjourn. I might, suggest or might move that the debate on the clause now before the Committee should be adjourned until after we have dealt with clause 18, because I think there is very much in what Senator Pratten has said.


Senator Pearce - "What has this clause to do with clause 181







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