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Thursday, 28 November 1912

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - I am inclined to agree with Senator Rae in this matter. I have listened from time to time to what the Minister has said in regard to his reasons for withdrawing the clause, and I also listened to some extent to his explanation. The impression I had when the clause was under consideration here was that it left a good deal to discretion. I think it was quite sufficient for the purpose. The reasons given for the amendment of the other House are certainly strong, but I shall not say that they are convincing. The clause effected the purpose which theMinister desired, but the experts have decided! the other way.

Senator Rae - And they sent the Waratah down.

Senator ST LEDGER - The Minister's duty in this matter is a delicate one. The weight of the experts' opinion is evidently against the Senate, and the Minister has reconsidered the position ; but I intend to adhere to the clause as it left the Senate.

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