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Friday, 31 August 1906

Senator MULCAHY (Tasmania) . - I have no desire to prolong the sitting of the Senate, and as Senator Playford has given some kind of assurance that by an approach to the Minister of Trade and Customs some modification or improvement in these regulations may be brought about, I am satisfied that that is an indication of the possibility of some pacific settlement of the trouble.

Senator Millen - Does the honorable senator regard it in that light ?

Senator Clemons - This is the last day on which the honorable senator can act effectively.

Senator MULCAHY - The Minister of Trade and Customs can act on any day, and I am aware that this is the last day on which we can effectively protest.

Senator Millen - Has the Minister of Trade and Customs shown any disposition to revise the regulations?

Senator MULCAHY - I believe that the Minister of Trade and Customs is disposed to look into the- matter with the view to making the regulations less burdensome, if he can see his way to do so. That being so, I think that it is better that I should withdraw my motion than that a majority of the Senate should affirm that the regulations to which I object should be continued, which I think is the only alternative. In the circumstances, I ask leave of the Senate to withdraw my motion.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

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