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Wednesday, 28 May 1930


Senator DALY (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - The reason that the Government has not stated in the bill the fee that is to be charged for certificates is that which was given by Senator Mclachlan on the second reading of the bill. Until the present time a fee has not been charged. While it is the intention of the Government to charge a uniform fee, circumstances may arise necessitating a departure from that practice. The Government is anxious not to make this a revenue-producing measure, but simply to prescribe a fee that will recoup the Treasury the expense incurred in prosecuting necessary inquiries.

Senator Sir HALCOLEBATCH (Western Australia) [11.23]. - Although the explanation is a satisfactory one, it would have been better had a maximum amount been stated in the bill. I admit that a government must be trusted not to use improperly a power of this kind; but it is obvious that it could be used to increase the difficulties of persons, who legitimately desire to take out naturalization papers.

Clause agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.







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