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Wednesday, 17 July 1946

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) .- The fact that the Minister finds it necessary to move this amendment is an indication that, although this plan must have been under consideration for many months before the introduction of this bill, the measure has been submitted to us in an unsatisfactory form. Every one who had given any thought to the subject would have realized that provision would be necessary to meet the circumstances that the Minister has indicated. I wish to know now whether our acceptance of this amendment will preclude any member of the Opposition from moving an amendment later in regard to the date upon which the measure will come into operation?

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. Riordan).The honorable member may later move an. amendment to the words which the Minister is proposing to insert.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - I foreshadow an amendment to provide that the act shall not be proclaimed earlier than the 1st October, 1946.

THE CHAIRMAN. - I shall submit the Minister's amendment in two parts. I shall first put the question " That the clause be agreed to ". If the committee negatives the clause I shall put the question, that the proposed new clause be inserted. At that stage, the honorable member for Barker may submit his amendment.

Clause negatived.

Amendment (by Mr. Scully) proposed -

That the following new clause 2, be inserted: - " 2. .That the ' several sections of this actshall commence on 'such dates as are respectively fixed- by proclamation."

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