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Wednesday, 1 August 1906

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - I do not know that there is any particular reason why the provision in the existing Act should not find a place in this Bill. I would suggest to my honorable friend that possibly it would be better, if he desires a similar provision to be inserted, to have it inserted, not as an addendum to this clause, but as a new clause, either to precede or to follow clause 41. If he is prepared to follow that course, I shall offer no objection at the recommittal stage, of the Bill to an opportunity being afforded for the consideration of a new clause to that effect.

Senator Millen - But is it necessary to wait for the recommittal stage to be reached if it is to be inserted in the first part of clause 41 as it stands?

Senator KEATING - With regard to the policy of the clause, I am not in a position at the present time to offer any information to the Committee. There may or may not be some information which would influence the judgment of honorable senators in deciding whether or not to reinstate the provision in the existing law. It is for that reason that I ask my honorable friend to abstain from pressing the matter now, and to take the course I have suggested.

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