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Thursday, 22 October 1914

Senator GARDINER (Mew South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I am quite in sympathy with the proposal of Senator Keating, butI am advised that there are difficulties surrounding the matter, and that it would be better to leave any arrangement of the kind to be made under the rules and regulations as provided for already in the Bill. If the Bill is allowed to go through without this amendment, I shall probably be able to arrange matters to the satisfaction of the honorable senator.

Senator Keating - My amendment would be an indication that the principle is approved of by Parliament.

Senator GARDINER - It might be interpreted as more than an indication; and, certainly, this is a matter that ought to be decided with full consideration. I am advised that the proposed amendment would not prove so effective as the provision that can be made under the statutory rules.

Senator Keating - The amendment merely gives power to make provision in the rules.

Senator GARDINER - But provision can be made under the clause as it stands.

Senator Keating - There is nothing expressly in the clause to cover the circumstances.

Senator GARDINER - What is sought can be obtained under the general power.

Senator Keating - So could seveneighths of the powers set forth; why specify anything?

Senator GARDINER - If we proceeded to specify all the powers that might be exercised, the Bill, big as it is, would be very much increased in size.

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