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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - It does not seem to me that there is very much in the amendment which has been moved by Senator Millen. The words to which he takes exception are an amplification of those which appear in clause 14.

Senator Millen - They are not an amplification; they are exactly the same words.

Senator LYNCH -- If we omit those words, the only evidence which a candidate will be required to furnish will relate to his sobriety, his physical fitness, his ability, and good conduct.

Senator Millen - Because he must give evidence of his other qualifications before he is examined.

Senator LYNCH - We know that in the process of examination, evidence of his sobriety, physical fitness, ability, and good conduct is presented simultaneously with the evidence of his other qualifications. If we leave out the words to which exception has been taken, the clause will appear only in skeleton form. The Leader of the Opposition objects to the repetition of words which directly affect the qualifications of a candidate as such. Yet he is quite willing to agree to a repetition of the words in regard to a candidate's sobriety.

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