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Friday, 20 October 1905

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) - I desire to draw attention to an anomaly in this clause. In one part a direction is laid down as to what is to constitute he service of the notice, and in another part this direction is absent. I understand, however, that before we meet again next week Senator Keating will confer with the draftsman, and see whether there is any reason for the difference, and that, if circumstances demand, he will not object to a recommittal.

Senator KEATING(Tasmania - Honorary Minister). - At present I see no reason why Senator Millen' s suggestion should not be adopted, subject to one safeguard in regard to prescribing the address of the officer. It occurs to me, however, that the draftsman, who has an intimate acquaintance with judicial procedure, may have had some particular object in drawing the clause as it appears. Before we meet next week I shall take an opportunity to confer with him, and, if possible, I shall meet Senator Millen's suggestion.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Progress reported.

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