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Tuesday, 31 July 1906

The CHAIRMAN - I am quite prepared to give a ruling. I am of opinion that the amendment is out of order. I should like to point out that if such an amendment were allowed there would be no finality to the Bill, because it would then be open to honorabe members to move an amendment authorizing the survey of a line from Perth to Port Darwin or from Perth to Sydney, and so on. I am of opinion that the amendment is distinctly out of order, and not within the scope of the Bill. The only way by which such an amendment could' be moved would be by an instruction from the House to the Committee.

Mr KELLY - I should like to ask for some information for myself, and for honorable members. The leave in connexion with a measure of this character is necessitated by that part which deals with the expenditure of public money. It will be open to .me to submit my amendment when the next clause is under consideration. So far as the expenditure of public funds under this measure is concerned the' inclusion of names in the title of the Bill does not in any way affect the sum of money to be voted, because the House may still choose not to exceed the large amount of £20,000.

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