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Thursday, 23 June 1904


Mr McCOLL (Echuca) - I should like to remind the Prime Minister that this clause did not come up for discussion until Tuesday afternoon, and as other matters have since intervened three days have not been occupied in its consideration.


Mr Watson - I did not say that the whole of three sittings had been devoted to the matter.


Mr McCOLL - The real reason why there is any hesitation about passing this provision is that honorable members do not know what form the provision relating to organizations will ultimately assume. Theamendments which have been indicated are not really amendments of paragraph b, because I think that substantially the opinionof almost the whole of the Committee is that the paragraph should- be passed, provided that the question of the character of the organizations that are to be created is; satisfactorily dealt with.


Mr Willis - Not at all ; the paragraph should be omitted.


Mr McCOLL - If the provision in regard to organizations were passed in a - form acceptable to the whole Committee, I am sure that the recommittal of this clause would not be asked for ; but if the Prime Minister would consent to' recommit it if requested to do so, I think honorable members would agree to pass it tonight, and that would give us an opportunity to proceed without delay, to the consideration of the next great feature of the Bill.







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