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Wednesday, 25 October 1905

Question - That the words proposed to be inserted, be inserted - put. The Committee divided.

DIVISION:AYES 13 (2 majority) NOES 11 PAIRS 0

Majority ... ... 2





Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Senator O'KEEFE(Tasmania). - I move -

That the words " all Justices of the Peace," lines 11 and 12, be left out.

It is not necessary that I should occupy time in reiterating the arguments in support of this amendment. It is well known to everybody that many justices of the peace are strong political partisans. With the exception of medical practitioners, justices of the peace, and the persons who will be included by the amendment which has just been carried, the persons who will be authorized to witness these applications are public servants under the control of the Commonwealth or States Governments. These officials are not likely to be biased or to be strong political partisans, and if it is shown that any of them are, they can be very easily dealt with. I trust that the amendment I move will be agreed to, and thata further amendment to strike out the reference to legally-qualified medical practitioners will be moved.

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