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Wednesday, 26 October 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Coun cil) . - Senator Rae need not be alarmed. If he looks at the clause which my amendment affects he will find that it does not include such wealthy institutions as he has referred to. It deals only with buildings occupied by friendly societies, or clubs or associations of members of trades or professions, which are not carried on for pecuniary profit.

Senator Rae - That applies to a club.

Senator McGREGOR - Not such a club as the honorable senator has in his mind. A club, to secure the benefit of this exemption, must be composed of the members of a trade or profession.

Senator Guthrie - Not necessarily.

Senator McGREGOR - The clause says so.

Senator Guthrie - How would the Melbourne Club be affected?

Senator McGREGOR - That is not a trade club.

Senator Guthrie - It is a squatters' institution.

Senator McGREGOR - It is a Conservative institution. There is no need for alarm, because the term "club" is qualified in the clause. Senator Millen, however, has raised a point of some importance, and to meet it I ask leave to amend my amendment by inserting after the word "building" the words "owned and."

Amendment amended accordingly.

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