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Thursday, 30 November 1905

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - The 'Senate amended clause 3 of this Bill by including in the definition of " dwelling " " any ship or vessel registered in Australia on a passage between any two Commonwealth ports." We disagreed with that amendment, and, in the absence of the Minister in charge, I suppose it is necessary that we should insist on that disagreement. The question involved is whether people on board ship shall be counted at the time of the census. The Senate has claimed that people on board ship at sea shall be counted, but whether in the State which the ship has left, or in the State to which it is going, is not determined. The Statisticians, agree that the Senate's proposal will create difficulty in the compilation of the statistics. To save time, I, therefore, venture to move -

That the House insists upon its disagree, ment with the Senate's amendment.

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