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Friday, 3 November 1905

Question - That sub-clause (i) of the House of Representatives' amendment proposed to be left out be left out - put. The Committee divided.

DIVISION:NOES 13 (9 majority) AYES 4 PAIRS 0

Majority ... ... 9





Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment of the amendment negatived.

Senator STEWART(Queensland). - I move -

That sub-clause 2 of the House of Representatives' amendment be amended by adding the following words: - "but in no case shall any claim for compensation be recognised." It is desirable to place on the face of the measure the mind of the Senate on the question of compensation. Otherwise it may occasion litigation. If it is distinctly stated that no claim for compensation will be entertained, the licensees will know exactly where they stand. Senator Play ford has told us that no such claim will be recognised. If that be the mind of the Government, they ought to have no difficulty in agreeing to my amendment. I expect the Government will accept the amendment, which may, however, require re-drafting in order to put it into proper legal phraseology.

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