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Thursday, 24 September 1936

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I endorse the remarks of Senator Millen. For many years I have taken a keen interest in the issue of regulations, and I am convinced that Senator DuncanHughes is fully justified in submitting his amendment. I have, on other occasions, emphasized that we cannot exercise too much care in the framing of regulations and ordinances. It was a good thing for Parliament when the Senate appointed a committee to peruse and report upon regulations and ordinances, because the average member has not the time to read carefully every regulation or ordinance that is gazetted. Therefore, we owe a considerable debt to the committee for the excellent work which it has clone. I would be reluctant to vote against any reasonable proposal that was submitted by the honorable senator who occupies the position of chairman of that committee. I know that his one desire is that our legislation shall be as perfect as it is possible to make it; that it shall contain no ambiguity of phraseology, and that all regulations issued shall be in conformity with the acts giving the regulationmaking power. For this reason I intend to support the amendment.

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