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Wednesday, 2 November 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) - - I recognise that the period stated in the clause is the minimum period to be allowed, but what is the sense of putting in a minimum which cannot be complied with? We have had the statement made in this Chamber, time and again, by representatives of Western Australia and Queensland, that it is impossible to get a reply to communications sent to those States within a month.

Senator McGregor - But there will be a Deputy Commissioner in Western Australia, whose duty it will be to give this notice there.

Senator MILLEN - Admitting that it i? barely possible to get a reply to a communication sent to Western Australia within a month, are not the Government proposing to cut matters very fine in proposing a minimum period which will be sufficient only on the assumption that everything will run like clockwork, and that no person notified will miss a mail. The VicePresident of the Executive Council has himself admitted the force of the contention of this side in saying that if necessary the Land Tax Commissioner can allow a longer period. In the circumstances I trust that the Government will agree to make the minimum period one which it will be POSvible to adhere to when the Bill comes into operation.

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