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Wednesday, 26 October 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I think that, so far as absentees are concerned, the liberality of the Bill is most extraordinary. It gives a great deal more than any one intending to be an absentee from Australia deserves to get. As soon as ever any persons intend to be absentees it will be their duty to go and inform the Commissioner, and to my mind they ought to be charged from that very moment. But in the definition we allow an absence for one half of the year. Senator Walker, in his kindly liberality to those who care so little about Australia that they are prepared to leave it for good and all, wants to give them three years. I hope it will be in gaol.

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