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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (South AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I would point out to the honorable senator that in using the words "among the States" the Government have followed the language of the Constitution. That course, in my opinion,is the preferable one.

Senator Sir JOSIAHSYMON (South Australia) [4.29]. - I would direct the attention of the Minister to the fact that in the very next clause the words " within the Commonwealth" are used, showing a departure from the language of the Constitution. What earthly reason is there for not making clause 4 equally extensive?

Senator Best - There is a very obvious reason.

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - I can see none. Unless there is some reason for making the difference, the two clauses ought to be put on the same footing, because in the Bill we are dealing with " trade and commerce with other countries and among the States."

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