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Monday, 21 March 1927

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator is not in order in discussing that matter on this clause.

Senator NEEDHAM - No clause of the bill furnishes a reason for entitling it, "the States Grants Act." There are numerous words in the dictionary that would more aptly and correctly describe it. I agree with Senator Findley that if we agreed to the title without protest we should in a sense signify our acceptance of the following clauses. The title embraces the whole purport of the bill. As has already been stated, it is not customary to discuss the title of the measure; but it is necessary to express our opinion in this case, because our acceptance of the title would indicate agreement with every provision that follows. I commend the amendment to honorable senators.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - I cannot accept the amendment in its present form. It is, I consider, frivolous, and not relevant to the" bill.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 2- (Repeal of sections 4-7 of the Surplus Revenue Act 1910).

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