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Friday, 10 November 1905


Senator GRAY (New South Wales) - If Senator Playford will peruse Hansard, he will find that his colleagues in another place made it clear that, so far as they were concerned, they would offer no objection to an amendment of the title of this Bill. I do not believe that there would be any serious objection offered to an amendment of the title. The word "commerce " is understood throughout theworld to include all the details to which SenatorPlayford has just referred. Apparently the Minister of Trade and Customs does not realize that with this title the Bill would be understood to include all classes of commerce. No greater mistake could be made than to give a wrong impression of the Bill to those who have business relations with us in the commercial centres of the world. I ask Senator Playford to accept the amendment. I do not regard the measure from a party standpoint. I realize that we are all animated by a desire to do the best we can in the interestsof the Commonwealth'; and although we may differ from the Minister's view of the effect of the Bill, surely we can all agree that its title should truly indicate its subject-matter.







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