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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator DRAKE (Queensland) . - I have a previous amendment to move of a similar character to that which I moved on the Constitution Alteration (Special Duties) Bill, and which the Government accepted. " The object of it is to effect the contemplated alteration of the Constitution by the addiction of a fresh section rather than by amending the text. In anticipation of the proposal of the Government just announcedby Senator Playford, to omit the -words of clause 2 with regard to the proportion of debt, I have regarded the Bill as having been already amendedby the omission of the words indicated by Senator

Playford. I move -

That the following new clause be inserted : - "1A. The Constitution is altered by the addition of the following section: - 'The powers of the Parliament relating to the public debts of the States shall extend to debts incurred since the establishment of the Commonwealth.' "

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