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Thursday, 15 August 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I would remind Senator Millen that notice of this contingent motion having already been given,I must move it now in consequence of the position which the Senate occupies at the present time. The first reading of this Bill is a formal matter. In other words, it is not upon the motion for its first reading that discussion takes place. Let us carry its first reading, and then 1 shall be prepared to move that its second reading be made an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day. I have no intention of forcing the measure through all its stages without affording honorable senators the fullest opportunity of discussing its provisions.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a first time.

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