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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- The motive which is actuating Senator Elliott springs from a desire to prevent any goods which have been supplied by an organization or person for free distribution amongst the troops being disposed of for a monetary consideration by any individual.

Senator Elliott - That is precisely my object.

Senator PAYNE - It is a very desirable object, but it is one which will not be achieved by the honorable senator's amendment. I recognise that offhand it is rather difficult to draft an amendment which will be of an all-embracing character, and consequently I suggest that the consideration of the clause be postponed with a view to it being redrafted.

Senator Pearce - If we insert the words that have been suggested by Senator Keating we shall then be in a position to frame regulations to meet the case.

Senator PAYNE - But those regulations will not meet the case of goods which have been supplied for free distribution. The Minister himself has stated that if Senator Elliott's amendment be carried the provisions supplied through the Canteen Fund will be affected, because they are not distributed free.

Senator Pearce - If Senator Keating's suggestion be adopted we should not prescribe the canteen as an organization..

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