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Wednesday, 26 October 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - This is anything but a trifling matter. I believe it to be the intention of this clause to exempt' from taxation such libraries as Senator Stewart has indicated, but the question is whether it does do so.

Senator Pearce - Yes.

Senator MILLEN - Ministers say "Yes" with that confidence which has marked their attitude throughout the consideration of this Bill, but I do not know that the Committee share their confidence. I suggest that the Vice-President of the Executive Council should ascertain from his legal advisers whether or not these semi-public libraries - for they are not public in the sense that any one may enter them-

Senator Pearce - Any one can join them.

Senator MILLEN - I am not certain that that is the position in New South Wales. Intending members have to be proposed and seconded, and to submit to a ballot.

Senator Pearce - But they are not proprietary libraries.

Senator MILLEN - That is so. They are not conducted for profit. I shall be quite content if the Minister will promise to consult with his legal advisers as to whether this clause will exempt such libraries.

Senator McGregor - I shall make al! inquiries.

Senator MILLEN - And if it does not the responsibility will be upon the Minister to give us an opportunity to amend the clause.

Senator McGregor - Yes.

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