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Wednesday, 19 May 1915

Sir WILLIAM IRVINE (Flinders) . - I appreciate the remarks of the Attorney-General with regard to my personal complaint, but assure him that it was not through any want of courtesy to him that I was not present. I was unavoidably absent during the remainder of the debate. I do not think the amendments as drawn will make very much difference, and would suggest that the AttorneyGeneral should consider some amendment that would protect rights already accrued under any such contract - rights, for instance, for which the consideration has already been' given, or words to that effect. Thus it could be provided that where the consideration has passed on one side or the other, the corresponding obligation should be protected: but as the honorable gentleman has intimated that he proposes to go into the matter with some care, I shall not attempt to formulate at this stage or consider any amendments other than those he has already suggested.

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