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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) - I trust that the Minister does not intend to proceed with this Bill at such a late hour of the evening. A large number of honorable members have left for their homes in the ether States.

Mr Deakin - We do not intend to pro.ceed with the contentious clause.

Mr KELLY - When the Bill was introduced the Minister in charge of it said t>9.t it did not contain a contentious clause.

Sir William Lyne - I did not say that. I said it was a formal Bill to a very large extent.

Mr KELLY - We were afterwards told that it contained only one contentious clause. Probably if we were afforded time to consider it Ave should find that all its provisions are of a contentious character. I believe that it has been introduced for the purpose of rectifying errors of administration. Those errors can only be rectified ait the expense of other patentees.

Sir William Lyne - Why does not the honorable member say what is correct ? That is not so. If he had allowed me an opportunity to do so, I intended to make a statement.

Mr KELLY -! shall be very glad to hear the 'Minister.

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