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Friday, 10 November 1905

Senator Lt Col GOULD (New South Wales) - I am sure that Senator Givens is labouring under a mistaken idea in regard to this amendment. It is serious. I happen to know that some time ago it was Senator Pulsford's intention to submit the amendment on the Bill getting into Committee. His object is only to insure that the Bill shall not come into force earlier that the ist July next year. It may come into force at a later date than that, but at any rate he has given good reasons why it should not come into force earlier. It would still be necessary to give the six months' notice. Let us assume that the Bill receives the assent of the GovernorGeneral next week, and that the Government then issues a proclamation bringing it into force, possibly three or four weeks earlier than Senator Pulsford's amendment provides. Great inconvenience might be caused by that course. The amendment has the great advantage that it makes the measure come into operation concurrently with the commencement of the financial vear of the Commonwealth, and of all the States.

Senator Playford - Does not the honorable senator think that the Government will consider that?

Senator Lt Col GOULD - Possibly they will, but the amendment will make it certain ; and if there is a general wish that the Bill should not come into operation before a certain date, it is our duty to respect it. If we do not, and the Government bring the Bill into force at a broken period of the year, and it is objected to, they will say : " Why did you not object in the first instance?" Senator Puls ford cannot generally be accused of proposing amendments for the purpose of delaying business, and he is just as serious in this matter as he is in others.

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