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Monday, 18 December 1905

Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) - -Did I understand Senator Keating to say. that it is the intention of the Government to deal with this subject in some other way than that in which it is dealt with in this clause.

Senator Keating - I did not say that. I said that the better way was to deal with it separately.

Senator GUTHRIE - There is rio promise made.

Senator Keating - I am not in a position to do that.'

Senator GUTHRIE - The clause received full consideration at our hands, and whether it embodies the right method or not it is within the scope of the Bill. It will prevent the starting of new newspapers if the Government take the responsibility of bolstering up a syndicate, which is unmerciful in its terms, and do so without promising to provide a remedy, although the Senate has expressed a very strong opinion or* the subject. If the Government wish the S'enate to1 withdraw from its position, either they ought to say that they do not agree with the clause, or that, if it happens to have been inserted in the wrong measure, they will pay some little attention to the strong opinions which have been expressed here. I feel inclined to insist upon the retention of the clause, unless we get a more definite statement from the Government.

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia).T trust that during the recess the Government will take into consideration the ad' visability of bringing in a measure to meed the genuine difficulties which have been pointed out in this connexion. I take it that they recognise that the Senate has 6trong grounds for taking up- the position -which it did'. We now revert to the original position. I hope that Senator Guthrie will not attempt to carry the matter farther al the present juncture. The Senate has everything to gain by refraining from doing so. It can be dealt with much more satisfactorily on an occasion when a measure like the Copyright Bill does not hinge upon it. The press has no additional rights, and Parliament has not committed itself. At the tail-end of the session it is advisable to postpone the matter.

Motion agreed to.

Amendments in clause 42 agreed to.

Clause 75 consequentially amended.

Resolutions reported; report adopted.

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