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Wednesday, 20 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - Where " may " is used in relation to the imposition of a duty it connotes an obligation. In Stroud's Judicial Dictionary, second edition, I find the following: ^ " May ", and such enabling words as those above referred to, therefore group themselves into two classes according as they impose or give -

1   . An obligatory duty.

2.   A discretionary or enabling power.

I suggest that it is immaterial whether

Ave use the word "may" or the word " shall ", and I intend to adhere to the clause in its present form.

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