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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Mr THOMPSON (Port Adelaide) . - Mr. Chairman, I am not very much concerned whether the period of desertion should be two years or three years. I do not think it makes much difference whether the period is two years or three years and I do not care whether the Attorney-General sticks to the two-year period or accepts the amendment proposed by the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen). But when we come to paragraph (m) of clause 27 - the separation clause - if you take--

Sir Garfield Barwick - The committee is dealing with paragraph (b) only.

Mr THOMPSON - I think we are dealing with the whole clause.

Sir Garfield Barwick - We are dealing with each paragraph separately.

Mr THOMPSON - The honorable member for Chisholm (Sir Wilfrid Kent

Hughes) was speaking about paragraph (m). However, I will deal with that matter later. AH I say is that if you take out paragraph (m) you may as well cut the throat of the bill.

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