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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) . - Th3 honorable member for Sturt (Mr. Wilson) did discuss this matter with me and I have taken the opportunity to consult the Parliamentary Draftsman about it in order to make quite sure that the result envisaged by the honorable member and by the Government will follow if the course he proposes is adopted. So far as I can see at the moment, that would be so if we did not agree to the clause. I am willing, therefore, to have the committee negative the proposed amendment of the act as it is presented in the clause.

However, I intend to give my colleague, the Minister for Defence (Sir Philip McBride) an opportunity to examine what we are doing here, so that if there is any over-riding reason, which does not occur to either the draftsman or myself at the present time, why the bill should stand as now drafted, we shall be able to rectify the matter in another place. It would then come back to us in that amended form. I am, therefore, prepared to accept the suggestion of the honorable member.

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