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Thursday, 23 August 1906

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I would appeal to the Minister to accept the amendment which has been moved with a genuine desire to improve the Bill. On his own showing, it would appear that it is intended that the clause shall only apply to agreements made after the passing of the Bill. If that is the intention, and there is a feeling on this side that it is not expressed with sufficient clearness, it seems most unreasonable that he should resist an amendment which he admits will do no harm.

Senator Playford - Cannot my honorable friends accept our statement that that is really what is intended?

Senator MILLEN - It is not a question of doubting the Minister's word. The words in question have been interpreted in two ways, and the only desire is to properly express our intention that the Bill shall apply to only future agreements. Even admiting that the Minister is right in his interpretation of the words, he will not be made wrong by accepting the amendment.

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