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Friday, 27 July 1906

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - These words have been introduced to take the place of a -number of different prepositions which might properly be used in conjunction with the preposition "on." It might be correct to say that we could take clay " from " the land, or stone, gravel, earth, timber, wood, or material "on " the land, but the preposition "on" will hardly apply if taken in conjunction with some of the powers set forth in the clause. For instance, there is the powerto make cuttings or excavations, and some persons would think that it would be more correct in that connexion to use the expressions "in " the Hand or " through " the land. The words "in relation to" have been substituted for the expression at first suggested " on, in, or through," and in order to cover all cases, whether the preposition "on" could be properly applied in connexion with the powers granted or not. It would obviously be correct to say that the Minister might erect workshops "on" the land, but that preposition would not foe appropriately applied where the power given is to make cuttings or excavations. It is for these reasons that the words "or in relation to" have been introduced.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - They will only cause difficulty.

Senator KEATING - I think that the honorable and learned senator need not anticipate that any difficulties are likely to arise from the use of this expression.

Senator Col. NEILD(New South Wales) [11. 22]. - Thediscussion is very like the serious debate in a literary society on the question whether when a house is on fire it burns up or down. I think that we cannot have works "in relation to" a piece of land.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - We cannot take bricks " in relation to" a piece of land.

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