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Thursday, 2 November 1905

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - I would point out to Sena- tor Pulsford tEat it is a very dangerous thing to define in a Bill a word which is very clearly and distinctly understood; the general principle being that in the construction of Acts the ordinary meaning of a word is taken. It is only when the ordinary meaning of a word is limited or extended1 that a definition is necessary. I ask the honorable senator not to press his amendment, which is superfluous, and also dangerous.

Senator Pulsford - I think the amendment would be an 'improvement in the Bill, but I will not press it if the Minister isnot inclined to accept it.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 12 reconsidered, consequentially amended, and agreed to.

Bil] reported with amendments.

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