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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - I hope that the Minister will accept the amendment. There is a very strong distinction between the words. I need not go farther back than an experience I had within the walls of this Parliament. On one occasion, I had the opportunity of introducing some ladies to certain gentlemen who occupy the floor of a House. With regard to one of them I said to a lady, " Do you know so-and-so?" and she replied, "Yes, fluently." Whether she would have been prepared to add the word " intelligibly " I cannot say, but there is certainly a very strong distinction between the words. I do not think that it matters to the serious portion of the Bill whether one word or the other is used, but we all desire that every measure should leave the Senate in the best possible foim. I think that the word " fluently " is incorrectly applied in the clause, and that the other word might be very well accepted by the Minister.

Senator Pearce - I am willing to us*> the words "fluently and intelligibly."

Senator KEATING - I have no doubt that Senator St. Ledger would be only too pleased if the Minister would take up his amendment.

Senator St Ledger - If he will use the words " fluently and intelligibly " I shall not mind.-

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