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Thursday, 27 November 1941

Senator HERBERT HAYS (Tasmania) . - I support the second-reading of the bill, which I am sure every honorable senator can do with confidence, seeing that itcomes before us practically as a recommendation from the special committee appointed to consider it. The bill is very different from the measure which was originally introduced in the other chamber.In submitting this legislation to an all-party committee, the Government has set an excellent precedent, and has shown a readiness to co-operate with the Opposition in the preparation of legislation with a view to its unanimous' support by ail parties. I commend the Government for its action in conferring with the Opposition. Such conferences indicate also the willingness of the Opposition to co-operate. What has been done in this instance is an indication of what could be achieved if the principle were carried a little further, and the Government sought the co-operation of other parties in forming a national government. In its original form this legislation was ill-considered, and I am glad that representatives of the Opposition have been able to do something towards improving it. The efforts of the Opposition are; I am confident, appreciated by the Government - and on that point the Minister may have something to say later - and also by the people.

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