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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator DRAKE (Queensland) . - I took no notice of the word " redeem" for the reason that it appeared to me to be connected with those particular words which the Minister has now omitted.

Senator Millen - Hear, hear ; that was the reason the draftsman put them in.

Senator DRAKE - The Bill, as presented, struck out the provision which required that when any part of the debts was taken over, a proportion should be taken over from each State. According to the learned authors of the annotated Constitution, that was the reason why the word " redeem " was inserted.

Senator Playford - Let us pass the clause as we have it; I will accept it.

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