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Wednesday, 30 September 1936

Senator ARKINS (New South Wales) . - At times I have objected to the bewildering verbiage of the legislation placed before us for consideration, but on this occasion I cannot agree with Senator Duncan-Hughes. In my opinion, any person who understands the business of selling wireless sets and wireless valves will understand the meaning of this clause. In the circumstances explained by the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce), 1 do not think that we can do other than accept the clause as it stands.

Senator Duncan-Hughes - Does the honorable senator understand it?

Senator ARKINS -I think I do, or, at least that I could understand it if I had a knowledge of the business associated with the sale of these articles. As this legislation might easily be the subject of litigation, it is wise that in every detail it should be legally accurate.

Senator Duncan-Hughes - Surely it is a question of sale value rather than of the nature of the item.

Senator ARKINS - I cannot agree with Senator Duncan-Hughes that the Minister's explanation should be incorporated in the measure. The draftsman has done his best with a difficult item.

Senator GRANT - It is a poor best.

Senator ARKINS - I disagree with the honorable senator. I have found that parliamentary draftsmen usually have a good reason for the language they adopt in preparing legislation. I repeat that any person acquainted with the business to which this item relates would have no difficulty in understanding the clause.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 4 (Schedule).

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