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Thursday, 26 July 1906

Mr FRAZER (Kalgoorlie) - I move -

That leave be given to bring in a Bill for an Act relating to fire insurance.

I do not intend to make a speech in justification of this motion. I merely desire to say that I believe the position which Has been arrived at in connexion with the methods adopted by fire insurance companies in the Commonwealth is sufficiently serious to warrant this Parliament in taking almost immediate action. When I move the second reading of the Bill, I shall endeavour to show that action is both necessary and urgent, and whilst desirous of safeguarding the interests of the companies from fraud and misrepresentation, I shall attempt to cut away from the policies which they issue the drag-net clauses inserted on the backs of those policies - clauses under which the companies are at the present time able to contract themselves out of just liabilities, and to inflict, by reason of their strength - numerous hardships upon that unfortunate section of the community who are overtaken by the disaster of having their premises destroyed by fire.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill presented, and, on motion toy Mr. Frazer, read a first time.

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