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Wednesday, 3 July 1901
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The CHAIRMAN - Does the honorable senator propose an amendment ?

Senator Sir FREDERICK SARGOOD - I understand that the Postmaster-General proposes to postpone the clause. I should not have said a word on the question to-day, but after the honorable an'd learned senator had spoken I thought it well to put in a counterblast.

Senator DRAKE - Apparently Senator Sir Frederick Sargood has overlooked the last words of the first paragraph in clause 77, " except as provided in this Act or the regulations."

Senator Sir Frederick Sargood - I know what regulations are.

Senator DRAKE - In the next clause I propose to make an amendment, inserting after the word "-person" the words "for the Postmaster-General or for his own use," which will provide for the construction and maintenance of telegraphs and telephones for private purposes.

Senator Sir Frederick Sargood - I want the private persons to do it themselves on their own property.

Senator DRAKE - The authority must either rest with the Postmaster-General or some other person representing the Government. It is not desirable that the telegraphic system of the Commonwealth or of any State should be split up and be under the control of a number of persons.

Senator Sir Frederick Sargood - I am amazed at the honorable senator.

Senator DRAKE - I still hold to my opinion. In cases such as have been mentioned by Senator Sir Frederick Sargood, where there are roads that are hardly ever used, or are never used at all, no difficulty would ever be raised.

Senator Sir Frederick Sargood - The difficulty has arisen.

Senator DRAKE - But where a telegraph line crosses a main road it is desirable that it should be under the control of the Government, and not of a private person. I move -

That Part 4, clauses 77 to 90, be postponed.

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