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Friday, 4 October 1912

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - I do not intend to speak for more than a minute upon this Bill in giving reasons why I shall vote against it. First of all, I say that it is bad in its origin. Secondly, it is bad intrinsically. It is also very bad in its tendency - a tendency which encourages Parliament to spend money lavishly in indiscriminate gifts. At the same time, while the Bill wastes money without advantage, it does nothing to prevent waste of life. Holding these views, I shall have to vote against the measure.

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