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Thursday, 23 August 1906

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - It is undesirable that the deliberations of this Committee should be assailed with the imputation that amendments are made merely for the purpose of inserting or striking out a word without desiring to affect the meaning of the Bill. The discussion that has already taken place furnishes a complete answer to Senator McGregor. The fact that there is a wide difference of opinion even amongst those who support the Bill as to what the1 clause means is ample justification for the discussion. If we are going to have such suggestions they will not be likely to tend to the smooth progress of our work, or to the speedy passage of legislation. Nothing has been said or do,ne by honorable senators on this side of the Chamber that gives the slightest warrant for the suggestion that we are animated bv any other desire than to make the Bill as workable as possible. It is in that spirit that I have acted, and I sincerely regret that the Minister has not accepted the amendment.

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