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Thursday, 19 December 1912

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . - We have been all this morning and part of yesterday dealing with this amendment. Senator Givens has put one construction upon it, and SenatorMillen another. I wish to know what position the Government intend to take up in the matter. Are they prepared to accept, if not the actual amendment, at least the spirit of it, and get the draftsman to put its intention into unmistakable language? If they sympathise with the object which Senator Stewart has in view, that is the course they will take. I feel quite sure that if the Government promised to introduce an amendment to give effect to what Senator Stewart desires, the honorable senator would be willing to withdraw his amendment, and let the Government take the credit for doing what he seeks to do.

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