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Wednesday, 5 September 1906

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - It has occurred to me that there is a still stronger argument in support of the amendment which the Minister has intimated that the Government accepts. Under section 7 of the Constitution the term of office is six years. But this Bill, without varying that term, alters the date of commencement and the date of termination. I also point out that it re-affirms the term of six years by the alteration which we are asked to make in the first portion of section 13. It alters "third year " and "sixth year" to " three vears " and "six years," and' thus inferential ly re-affirms section 7 of the Constitution, which says that the term shall be six years. For this reason I am doubly pleased that the amendment hasbeen accepted.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with an amendment.

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