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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - I would remind the Committee that paragraph b of clause 6 is still governed by the opening words, " For the purposes of the last two preceding sections."

Senator Clemons - It would be much better to use the words " any such Australian industry." It is bad drafting to say " the Australian industry."

Senator KEATING - I think not.

Senator Best - It would be a mistake to add the words, because it would cut down the provision.

Senator KEATING - I think it is better to retain the words "the Australian industry."

Senator Clemons - Why not add the words "affected by the competition"?

Senator KEATING - I think it is better not to alter the paragraph at all.

Senator Clemons - Those words are used in sub-clause 2 of clause 6. It is bad drafting to use the words in one subclause and not in the other.

Senator KEATING - " The Australian industry " is sufficiently clearly referred to in paragraph b of the two preceding clauses, and there is nothing to be gained by making the amendment.

Amendment negatived.

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