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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) . - The fact that the Government have agreed to accept the amendment eliminating that portion of the clause which gives the Minister power to take over any portion of the debts of any States, removesmy principal objection to the Bill. Had that portion of the clause remained, there would have been power on the part of the Government to exercise an injurious discrimination between State and State. It might be argued that no Government would do such a thing, and very probably a Government would not ; but I do not believe in leaving it in the power of any Government to do wrong when we can provide safeguards on the face of a. Bill.I voted against the secondreading, but now I have no difficulty in giving my support to the measure. I may further saythat both Sir John Forrest and Mr. Deakin. have assured me that the provision which, we are asked to strike out really does not matter - that it was only inserted for theconvenience of the Treasury officers.

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