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Friday, 13 July 1906

Mr ROBINSON (Wannon) .- The former proposal was that the Justice's determination should have no effect until Parliament had approved of it, but I now suggest that the determination should have effect until thirty days after the meeting of Parliament. This would maintain the supremacy of Parliament in matters of taxation. The form of the amendment is as follows : -

Provided that any determination shall have effect only until thirty days after its publication in the Gazette if the Parliament be then in session, or until thirty days after the next session of Parliament if Parliament be not in session, unless in the meantime a resolution is passed by both Houses of Parliament approving the determination.

I do not know that the wording is the best that could be adopted, and, therefore, in order to test the feeling of the Committee, I move -

That the amendment be amended by the addition of the word " Provided."

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