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Wednesday, 26 October 1910

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - I hope that the Vice-President of the Executive Council will accept the suggestion made by Senator Chataway to insert the word"continuously. " Every one knows that Australians are prone to travel a good deal, though they have no intention of leaving their homes in this country. I have in mind certain young men who quite recently have been travelling in Java, Japan, the Philippines, Siberia, Russia, Norway, Great Britain, the United States, and Canada.

Senator McGregor - Did they make any attempt to settle in one of those countries ?

Senator KEATING - No.

Senator McGregor - Then the honorable senator is talking nonsense.

Senator KEATING - We have to fall back upon the discretion of the Commissioner. Every encouragement should be given to Australians, to travel. In a case such as I have mentioned, if the discretion of the Commissioner were wrongly exercised, the young men whom I have in my mind would be within the purview of this super-tax. It might be very difficult to convince the Commissioner that a person was not an absentee. How would the Commissioner be informed?

Senator McGREGOR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The honorable senator's young friends would easily satisfy the Commissioner.

Senator KEATING - How ? Would they have to come over to Melbourne from Tasmania ?

Senator McGregor - Not necessarily. They could appoint the honorable senator to act as their representative.

Senator KEATING - Why should they be compelled to do that ? If they instructed me, I might have to charge them a stiff fee. The insertion of the word suggested by Senator Chataway would make the clause much clearer, and carry out the intention of the Government.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment (by Senator Chataway) proposed -

That the word " continuously " be inserted after the word " been," line 12.

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