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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - As this is a highly technical measure I suggest to the Minister for External Territories (Senator

Fraser) that, as his advisers are not present, he should report progress. To-morrow, perhaps, he may be able to elucidate the point raised. There may be some occult reason for the insertion of this proposed new section. At the moment I cannot see it. However, it may be purely technical. I cannot conceive of this proposed new section being inserted without a special reason. Perhaps the Minister will be able to glean the reason from his departmental officers. No justification has been given so far for the alteration of the law proposed or the amendment of the present Navigation Act. The next clause clarifies the position and I support it, hut I shall be compelled on the highest principles to vote against this clause.







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