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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . -I prefer "intelligibly" to "fluently," but I do not see that either word is necessary. The use of any adverb after " language " is superfluous. It ought to be quite sufficient to use the words " and speak the English language." Men who go up for examination as officers or engineers are not usually so ignorant that they cannot speak the English language, unless, of course, they happen to be Scotchmen, and very often their English is of a most defective kind.

Senator Chataway - But the honorable member would not -debar Scotchmen from getting a job.

Senator STEWART - The greater number of our engineers are Scotchmen who speak with a very pronounced accent, and whose English is of a very doubtful character, but who, I am afraid, would be ruled out under the Bill.

Senator Sayers - So long as they could be understood that should be sufficient.

Senator STEWART - Yes. These men are always capable of making themselves understood. If they cannot do it with their tongue they do it with a hammer or something of the kind.

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