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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) . - I suggest to Senator Drake that he should substitute the word "after" for " since."

Senator Drake - I think not.

Senator PEARCE - Would not the word " since " be open to this construction : That it referred only to debts incurred after the establishment of the Commonwealth and up to the passing of this Bill ?

Senator Clemons - The word "extend " makes that quite clear.

Senator PEARCE - It seems to me that the word " since " has a much more limited sense than the word " after." The amendment provides that the debts incurred "since," shall be taken over. In tenyears time, might not that be taken to mean that debts incurred between now and then could not be taken over?

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