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Wednesday, 23 March 1927


Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) .- -Had the Minister (Senator Crawford), when introducing the bill, put the position as clearly as the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) has done, a great many of the objections which have been raised would not have been voiced. It is the Minister's own fault if trouble has been experienced in inducing the committee to accept the clause. It is about time the Government realized that it is not a fair thing to throw legislation at us as though it were something in the nature of a brickbat, and expect us to say " aye " to it in a meek and lowly voice, without wishing to know what it means. Most of the objections that I had to the clause were removed by the clear and explanatory speech of the Leader of the Senate. Before he spoke I intended to vote against the clause, because it seemed impossible to obtain any information from the Minister in charge of the bill. Now I am prepared to vote for it, because I realize that this is the legislation for which the pearlers have asked. If it contains mistakes, they can be remedied later when they are reported by the Government representative on the board. We can afford to allow the bill to pass, and hope for the best.







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