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Thursday, 15 August 1912

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I do not desire to detain the Senate for more than a moment or two in referring to this Bill. The arrangement which the Minister of Defence has outlined is one which will commend itself to honorable senators, but there is one aspect ofthe matter to which I should like to direct attention. I think it is well to say that this is another instance of the very great consideration which the Imperial authorities are extending to Australia in her efforts to start upon a naval policy of her own. I do not think it should pass without notice. I am sure that honorable senators will recognise it, but I should like to place it upon record, and to show that this further act of kindness does not pass without official notice as far as the Senate is concerned.

Honorable Senators. - Hear, hear !

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee:

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2 -

The Governor-General may, from time to time, arrange with the Imperial Government for the reduction of the Naval Force to be provided under the Agreement on the Australian station, and for any reduction in the amount of the subsidy payable under the Agreement by the Commonwealth, and for any alteration of the Agreement to give effect to any such arrangement.

Amendments (by Senator Pearce) agreed to -

That the following words be inserted at the beginning of the clause: - "The Naval Agreement Act 1903 is amended by adding, after section 3, the following section : - 4 (1)."

That the following words be added to the clause : - " (2) The provisions of this section shall extend to authorize any arrangement already entered into for any of the purposes mentioned in this section."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Standing Orders suspended, and Bill passed through its remaining stages.

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