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Wednesday, 10 May 1961

Mr CREAN (Melbourne Ports) .- I have not had an opportunity to peruse the proposed amendment, but what the Minister for Supply (Mr. Hulme) has said only serves to strengthen the claims made by the Opposition that if the Parliamentary Draftsman does not always comprehend what he is doing it is only understandable that some honorable members would not be clear as to what the Government is seeking to do. In the circumstances, I am prepared to accept the amendment as proposed because, as I said on another occasion, its sole purpose seems to make clear what is intended. As worded, the clause is very obscure and 1 hope that the Government will take lessons such as this a little to heart and at least grant a decent adjournment between the time when the bill is introduced and the time when it is to be considered.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Remainder of bill - by leave - taken as a whole, and agreed to.

Bill reported with an amendment; report - by leave - adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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