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Thursday, 16 November 1905

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - Before the amendment is put, I should like to say that I had not the Bill before me, and the amendment as submitted is not correct. What I desire to propose is that the words " upon the first page of every copy " be omitted, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " on every reprint." Last night, when I moved the amendment to the clause, and when Senator Matheson was not present, I indicated that the object then was to prevent redundancy. It was only a question of drafting. I point out, and I think it is a representation entitled to some consideration, that this clause was inserted in the Bill in another place. I moved an amendment which affected the drafting, made it more concise, and prevented repetition. Since that amendment was agreed to a representation has been made to the Government, through the Government Printing Office, that if the clause were passed as it stands at present, it would absolutely prevent the Government

Printer from issuing even bound volumes of Statutes. For instance, bound copies of our Statutes, including the original Defence Act and Electoral Act, have already been issued, and to issue any of these copies hereafter it would be necessary, under this clause, to print upon the first page of such Acts the matters required by the clause. It is therefore necessary to limit the operation of the clause to reprints. I therefore move -

That the words " upon the first page of every copy" be left out, with a view to insert in Heu thereof the words " on every reprint."

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