Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Friday, 20 July 1906

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) . - I hope the Committee, in view of the reasons advanced by Senator Drake, will decide to make an alteration in the title. No one who takes anintelest in public life can fail to notice that legislation is becoming more and more confusing to the people; and it is our bounden duty to make our Acts of Parliament, and other public documents, so clear that they shall speak for themselves. It ought to be possible for any one who desires to look up Commonwealth legislation on a particular subject, to place his finger at once on the right Act. If anybody should support such a policy, it is the lay senators opposite. Those who have hitherto spoken on the question are representatives of the law, who may be trusted to find their way in thedark; but, in the interests of people outside the legal profession, our legislation ought to be made as simple as language will permit.

Suggest corrections