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Thursday, 2 November 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - In moving an amendment I have no desire to injure the Bill in any way. I move -

That the words "' It shall be the fluty of," line 3, be left out.

The late Mr. Kingston tried to make the provisions of a measure as plain, clear, and imperative as he possibly could. What is the use of inserting in the clause the words " It shall be the duty of " ? It has already been provided that every person shall enroll, whether he considers it his duty to enroll or not. Instead of loading up the clause with unnecessary verbiage, why not make it absolutely plain that every person who is expected to do a certain thing shall do it? Surely, if an amendment is to be rejected, no matter how good it may be, simply because it comes from this side, it is a poor compliment to pay to the Ministry or to the draftsman of the Bill. I submit the amendment, not in a spirit of hostility, but simply with a desire to improve the drafting of the clause, and to make its meaning absolutely clear. I am surprised that the Minister cannot see his way to accept it.

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