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Thursday, 8 July 1915

Senator SENIOR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Can my honorable friend come forward with any reasonable objection to these proposals going forward? He says he is not against the people exercising their will, but he cannot give the people the right to exercise that will unless he votes for this proposal. I take it that we are all anxious that the people should exercise their will. We sought to facilitate the exercise of tha people's will at the last general election, but were prevented by the party of which the honorable senator is a member! He was against the referenda proposals being submitted in time of peace; he is against it in time of war; and he has advanced no argument as to why he is against it. I am in favour of the proposals because I believe that these powers should be in the hands of the National Parliament. The adoption of these proposals will give the National Parliament greater powers, and if its powers then are not great enough, then we will seek permission to still further extend them.

Debate (on motion by Senator Ready) adjourned.

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