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Wednesday, 5 September 1906


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) ' - Without saying that I can accept the argument of the Minister, I must saythat I appreciate the spirit in which he has accepted the suggestions which have been made by honorable senators from this side, and by Senator Trenwith, as to the desirability of making absolutely clear the proposed amendment of the Constitution. I propose, therefore, to submit an amendment which cannot, by any effort of imagination, be said to affect the principles of the Bill, and which, I think, will put at rest the doubt which has been raised. I propose to move, either as an amendment tn this clause or as a new clause, the insertion of these words -

This Act shall not be taken to alter the time of the beginning of the service of any senator elected in the year 1906.


Senator Keating - That would make it absolutely certain that his term began on the ist January next.


Senator MILLEN - Yes. It would leave the present Constitution operative whatever the effect of the Bill otherwise might be. I have had the advantage of conferring with the draftsman of the Bill, and it is on his suggestion that I propose to move the amendment in that form.


Senator Keating - I would prefer the honorable senator to move the amendment as a new clause.


Senator MILLEN - Very well.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 3 -

1.   The terms of service of the senators whose places would, but for this Act, become vacant at the expiration of the year One thousand nine hundred and nine are extended until the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and ten.

2.   The terms of service of the senators whose places would, but for this Act, become vacant at the expiration of the year One thousand nine hundred and twelve, are extended until the thirtieth day of June, One thousand nine hundred and thirteen.







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