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Monday, 18 December 1905

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) - For the purpose of saving time, I would suggest that the expediency and wisdom of enacting this Bill could be better discussed on clause 3 than on this definition clause. I am prepared to state the case on behalf of those who are growing sugar by white labour when we reach a vital provision in the Bill.

Senator PLAYFORD(South AustraliaMinister of Defence). - I' agree with Senator Givens that it would be a great deal better to debate the principle of the Bill on clause 3. It will be remembered that the second reading of the Bill was agreed to on the understanding that the principle should be discussed on the first really debatable clause which was reached. I only took advantage of this opportunity to supply certain figures for which I was asked when I was moving the second reading of the Bill, but which I could not furnish at the moment.

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