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Friday, 3 November 1905

Senator MACFARLANE (Tasmania) - I am in favour of the amendment which has been adopted by the House of Representatives. At first I was a strong advocate of prohibition, but, after looking into the statistics and making inquiries, I find that that remedy would be worse than the disease ; and I regard the present proposal as a ' fair compromise. I think, however, that one licence to every twenty-three persons is excessive. It is not likely that the white population of New Guinea will increase to any great extent.

Senator Playford - The question of the number of licences may be left to the people themselves.

Senator MACFARLANE - At present I think the number of licences is excessive; but I approve of the amendment.

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