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Wednesday, 15 November 1905

Senator Playford - But the honorable senator uses the word " articles," and not " materials."

Senator PULSFORD - If Senator Playford prefers, I shall substitute the word "of" for "from."

Senator Playford - The present paragraph has no ambiguity about it, and effects the purpose quite as well as the proposed sub-clause.

Senator PULSFORD - Does the Minister explicitly tell the Committee that under no circumstances will this clause be used, or attempted to be used by any Minister to include the machinery necessary in the preparation or manufacture of articles of food?

Senator Playford - Certainly, it will not ; it was never so intended.

Senator PULSFORD - It is something to have obtained that assurance, and, under the circumstances, I beg leave to withdraw my amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Senator PULSFORD(New South Wales). - Paragraph d has a great deal of iniquity wrapped up in it. After the Minister of Trade and Customs had made an explicit promise - after he had entered into acomplete understanding with a deputation - that the Bill would be practically confined to articles of food and drink, and medicine, he, at an early hour one morning, allowed an extreme and extravagant extension of this clause. I cannot say that I am extremely sanguine as to the success of an amendment, but as an expression of my disapproval, and as a protest, I move -

That paragraph d be left out.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Motion (by Senator Playford) agreed to-

That the Standing Orders be suspended to enable the report to be at once received.

Report adopted.

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