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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - I might suggest to the Minister and to Senator Elliott that if the words "or other prescribedorganizations or persons " were used, that would meet what Senator Elliott desires, and would not be so objectionable to the Minister.

Senator Pearce - That might be better.

Senator KEATING - In the event of war arising, an organization like the Comforts Fund might be formed, and could be specifically mentioned by regulation. An individual might supply articles on a large scale for the use of troops.

Senator Pearce - He would probably do so through an organization.

Senator KEATING - A man like Ford, of America, might conceive that he should devote part of his wealth to the supply of a large number of articles for the use of troops, and that case could be covered by the clause. I suggest that the insertion of the words " or other prescribed organization or person " would probably meet the case.

Senator Cox - No goods could reach the Front unless they went through the military organization.

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