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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Senator Lt Col GOULD (New South Wales) - In his address, Senator de Largie seemed to confuse the issue as between the right of Parliament to legislate and the transfer of that right to some other body. In my speech I endeavoured to explain that in our action we were really asserting the rights of the Parliament, because we were prescribing the conditions under which the Commissioners should give their decision. The Commissioners provided for in the clause would not be men of whom we should have no knowledge, but men with whom we should be thoroughly well acquainted, and upon whom we could rely to do what was fair, just, and reasonable. If a man has committed an offence, he is not tried by the Parliament, but by some authority whom it has appointed for that purpose. The Parliament was called' upon to provide for the division of the Stales into electorates, and it laid down the rules under which that work shall be done, and prescribed the persons by whom they were to be carried into effect. I think that if Senator de Largie will look at the question from that clear stand-point, he will see that the Parliament is not asked to surrender any of its rights.

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