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Thursday, 24 September 1936

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) . - In spite of what has been said, the voting on the various amendments has been sincere. I regret that I have had to disagree with my Leader, Senator Collings, but these matters are non-party, and I am a member of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee. The votes I have recorded this afternoon has been in accordance with the conclusions that I have reached after listening to the debate. I do not like retrospective legislation, and as a member of the Regulations and Ordinances Committee, I like to think that all regulations are put before it, and that everything is in order so that members can know fully what has been done. I have supported other members of that committee on previous occasions, but I think that Senator Duncan-Hughes has gone too far in moving an amendment designed to remove the limit of fifteen sitting days on the time within which action to disallow regulations must be started.

Senator Duncan-Hughes - The honorable senator is entitled to his own opinions and to vote as he likes.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - I shall vote on this matter according to my conviction. With regard to the waterside workers' regulations, although I was not a member of this chamberat the time, I felt that it was ridiculous for the Government to be making regulations only to have them disallowed by the majority in this chamber. It was a case of the dog chasing its tail. In such matters, the Government should have the deciding voice.

Sitting suspended from 6.15 to 8 p.m.

General business taking precedence at 8 p.m.,

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