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Friday, 15 December 1905

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) - The Bill has now been fully considered, and honorable senators are in a position to make up their minds whether, as a whole, it is a good or a bad Bill. Certainhonorable senators voted for the second reading in the hope that provisions in the measure to which they objected would be struck out in Committee. Certainly from my point of view none of the objectionable provisions of the Bill have been struck out in Committee. We have it on the authority of some honorable senators that the effect of the. Bill will be that there will be so many contract immigrants introduced under it that the annual return giving particulars of their contracts will be as bulky as Hansard. That may be an exaggeration, but it shows that the hopes which some honorable senators had in supporting the second reading of the Bill have not been realized. In order to give those honorable senators an opportunity to decide whether the Bill as amended meets with their approval, I intend to call for a division on the motion for the third reading.

Senator CROFT(Western Australia).I propose to follow the example of Senator Givens. After having carefully watched the proceedings and taken very little part in the discussions on the two Bills which have recently engaged our attention, I am satisfied that in the Senate there is a certain section who are so well pleased with these measures that I cannot but view them with suspicion.

Senator Dobson - Do not use that silly argument !

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