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Wednesday, 13 December 1905


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - We have already adopted an amendment in which we use the words "language or languages" alternately, and, to bring the proposed new clause into conformity with the Bill as it stands, I intend to propose an amendment. What I suggest is that the words " some language has been prescribed " be left out, for the purpose of inserting " a regulation prescribing any language or languages." Then, after the words " by this Act," I intend to propose that the words " shall come info force" be inserted. The object is to make the proposed new clause read as follows : -

Until a regulation prescribing any language or languages under section. 3 of the Principal Act as amended by this Act shall come into force any language authorized by section 3 of the Principal Act before the commencement of this Act shall be deemed to be a prescribed language within the meaning of that section as so amended.

I move -

That the words " some language has been prescribed," line1, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " a regulation prescribing any language or languages " ; and that after the words " this Act,"line 3, the words " shall come into force," be inserted.

Amendments of the amendment agreed to. Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON (South Australia). - I move -

That the words " language authorized by section 3 of the Principal Actbefore the commencement of this Act" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " European language."

This matter has been discussed probably long enough in connexion with the paragraph of clause 3 that has been eliminated. If my amendment is carried, the new clause will read -

Until a regulation prescribing any language or languages under section 3 of the Principal Act as amended by this Act shall come into force, any European language shall be deemed to be a prescribed language within the meaning of that section as so amended.







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