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Thursday, 1 September 1921


Senator PEARCE (Western5 AustraliaMinister for Defence) . - I would draw attention to the verbiage of Senator Pratten's request, which certainly opens a way for State legislation to determine a question that should really be determined by the Commonwealth Legislature. I refer to the words " Coal -getting explosives, being those explosives named and specified in the New South Wales. Government permitted list, and any other explosives that may hereafter from time to time be added to that list." My desire is that the duties should not be altered, and I am perhaps giving away something in making the suggestion that the Committee would not agree to leave to any other Legislature the determination of the class of explosives that shall be admitted under a certain duty. I do not know whether the honorable senator has the numbers to carry his request ; but if he has, I suggest to him. that he should so alter his request as to make it read, " Coal-getting explosives, being those explosives named and specified in any permitted list approved by the Department." It may be that some other State has a permitted list, and we ought not to differentiate between the States.







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