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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - Some honorable senators, by simply reading the new clauses proposed to be inserted by the House of Representatives, might jump to the conclusion that some injustice or hardship may be done if the clauses are omitted. But I desire to point out that when the honorable member of another place who moved the insertion of these clauses was doing so, he must have overlooked the fact that the original Defence Act contains, almost" in the very same language, all that the clauses provide for. I direct attention to section 57 of the Act, which embodies the substance of proposed new clause 21. So far as the other new clause is concerned the original Act makes practically the same provision in almost the identical words in section 123. It is evident, therefore, that these amendments were made under a misapprehension. If it had been understood that what they provide for is already provided for in our existing legislation they would not have been submitted.

I move -

That the amendment be disagreed to.

Motion agreed to.

Resolutions reported ; report adopted.

Motion (by Senator Findley) agreed to-

That a Committee consisting of Senators McGregor, Millen, and Long be appointed to prepare and bring up reasons for disagreeing to new clauses 21 and 22 inserted by the House of Representatives.

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