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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator DRAKE (Queensland) . - I do not think that Senator Millen is taking the right course.

Senator Millen - I am not going to run my head against a stone wall.

Senator DRAKE - During the progress of the Bill the honorable senator has suggested amendments if he has not moved them, and although he has not succeeded, so far; in convincing honorable senators on the other side, still I do not see why we should despair. If we continue to point out what, in our opinion, are objections in drafting and in substance, it may be that, if we cannot convince the Government, we may convince some honorable senators. In the division on the constitutional point, if I remember aright, one or two honorable senators who had not previously voted in that direction voted for our amendment. It is our duty, I think, to point out any imperfections. If the Government refuse to accept amendments when suggested the whole responsibility will rest upon them. At the same time, a considerable responsibility will rest upon honorable senators on this side if we do not point out what we consider to be defects. I propose to move that' the words " would probably or," be left out.

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