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Wednesday, 11 July 1906

Mr CONROY (Werriwa) .- Whilst we are dealing with a measure of this character, it is always as well to frame it in as logical a manner as possible. Under such circumstances, I desire to supply a slight defect in the Bill. When the Minister of Trade and Customs was moving its second reading, he admitted that it constituted a departure from any existing legislation. I mentioned that over 600 years ago this had been tried. I have to apologize to the Committee for a slight inaccuracy. I find that it is only 543 years since it was tried, so that when the Minister mentioned that he was introducing something which was entirely novel he was a very long way indeed from stating the actual fact. I propose to introduce into this interpretation clause several definitions which, if agreed to, will have the effect of making the Bill more perfect than it is. I specially look for support from the labour corner, or rather I ought to get support from that quarter. In order that the advantage shall not be on theone side, I intend to move the insertion of three amendments.

Mr Glynn - I wish to introduce an amendment immediately after the word "trade," and if the amendment of the honorable and learned member is to be proposed by way of addition to the clause, my amendment ought to take precedence.

Mr CONROY - My three amendments will have to be incorporated in one before the Chairman can decide whether they should be moved in this clause or not.

Mr Glynn - It will not take the Committee very long to deal with my amendment, and by that time, perhaps, the incorporation of the honorable and learned member's amendments may have taken place.

Mr CONROY - Very, well, I give way to the honorable and learned member.

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