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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator ARMSTRONG (New South Wales) . - I fail to perceive what Senator Leckie desires in this matter. The Postmaster-General (Senator Ashley) has made a more open offer than has ever been made by any Minister in this chamber. He has even asked Senator Spicer to confer with him to-morrow with a view to examining the clause. I am quite certain that Senator Spicer has no objection to that suggestion. It was he who first perceived the difficulties arising in this matter. After he had pointed them out, other honorable senators were prepared to follow him, declaring that the difficulties were obvious. But they were not obvious to them until Senator Spicer pointed them out. The Postmaster-General's invitation to the honorable senator to1* confer with him to-morrow with a view to reconstructing the clause is evidence of his good faith in the matter, and should satisfy the committee.

Senator Leckie - If the reconstructed clause be placed before us, I shall ba satisfied.

Senator ARMSTRONG - Naturally, it will go to the House of Representatives and the amended clause will be submitted *o us; but, surely, honorable senators opposite can trust one of their own colleagues.

Senator McBRIDE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Senator Spicer will not have all the say in the matter.

Senator ARMSTRONG - His advice will be more than, welcome. Now that the Postmaster-General and honorable senators generally comprehend what Senator Spicer has in mind, the only problem is to devise a formula to meet the position.

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