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Friday, 13 July 1906

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) . - I think that the Minister might very well accept the amendment. I could understand, although I could not approve of, his refusal to accept the previous amendment. He might hold that it would be impossible for the Justice to meet a sudden emergency, if Parliament were not sitting. Under the amendment proposed by the honorable and learned member for Wannon, however, the Justice would be able to decide a question pro tern., and we should afterwards have an opportunity to say whether or not his decision should stand.

Mr McWilliams -A question of that kind could always be raised in the House.

Mr KELLY - No. It might not be possible, under the' Bill as it stands, because a Government with strong fiscal views might approve of a verdict, and avail themselves of the forms of the House to preclude honorable members from reviewing it. The Government can have no reasonable excuse for resisting the amendment, unless they are prepared to delegate the powers of Parliament absolutely to an outside tribunal.

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