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Thursday, 26 July 1906

Mr HUTCHISON (Hindmarsh) . - I intendto vote for the amendment as it stands, although I think that the honorable member for Gwydir made a serious error in not accepting the amendment proposed by the honorable member for Barrier. As the amendment now stands-

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member is now discussing the amendment that has been disposed of.

Mr HUTCHISON - I desire to point out that, as the amendment now stands, it will be necessary to prove that a monopoly is detrimental to the Commonwealth, and that question may be submitted to the High Court.

Mr Carpenter - That does not follow.

Mr HUTCHISON - It is provided that the steamersmay be acquired by the Government, not if the service becomes a monopoly, butonly if it becomes a monopoly detrimental to the trade and commerce of the Commonwealth. The settlement of that question might involve protracted litigation.

Mr Carpenter - Not necessarily.

Mr HUTCHISON - If the honorable member were a director of a concern that became a monopoly, he would fight to the last ditch the question whether or not it was detrimental to the trade and commerce of the Commonwealth. I have always been opposed to any litigation that could be avoided, but I have no option but to vote for the amendment which is in accordance with the platform of the Labour Party.

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