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Wednesday, 26 October 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - 1 re-echo the sentiment which has been expressed by Senator Gould when he said "God help Australia!" God has helped Australia, absentees included. But I would point out to the honorable senator that the latter part of the definition amply meets the case which he has put. We all thoroughly understand that a gentleman may leave Australia upon business, but when he does so, he leaves his family, his home, and his interests here, even though he maybe absent for six months, or twelve months, or two years. It will be quite easy for him to satisfy the Commissioner that he has nol become a resident of another part of the world, and that he is not an absentee. Consequently, I do not think there is any need for the amendment. The clause is satisfactory as it stands, and under it no genuine Australian will suffer hardship.

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