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Thursday, 14 July 1904

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I intend to say very few words in reference to this motion. I do not propose - nor would you allow me, sir - to enter into the merits of the clauses which form the subject of the discussion. I think that this motion gives the Prime Minister an opportunity of assenting to the remission of these clauses to the Navigation Bill Commission, which, I think, should deal with the questions involved, if it is to deal with any question affecting navigation. I am aware that the proper place to press this matter is not in connexion with the motion under consideration, but in connexion with the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill itself. Nevertheless, an opportunity is now presented to discuss the que - tion' upon general lines. The Ministry are also afforded an opportunity - after the discussion which has taken place - to recognise the consensus of opinion in this Chamber, and to adopt what I think would be a sensible course.

Mr Mauger - - There is a principle underlying these clauses.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - There is a principle underlying most clauses. I desire to point out that these provisions really constitute an excrescence on the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill. The measure at present provides for the submission of maritime disputes to arbitration.

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