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Wednesday, 2 November 1910

The CHAIRMAN - If the honorable member did that, he is not in order.

Senator McCOLL - The clause does not say that any " taxpayer " may be brought before the Court, but any " person." If the word " taxpayer " were substituted for " person " I could understand the provision. But any person may be subjected to considerable expense by being haled before this tribunal.

Senator Givens - A man will be protected by the words of paragraph b - " without just cause shown by him." Suppose that I were required to travel from here to Sydney, I could show just cause why I should not do so if I could prove that I had not the money to pay my way.

Senator Pearce - I think that Senator McColl has discovered a mare's nest. If he will look at sub-clause 3 of clause 63, he will see that provision is already made for that for which he is contending.

Senator St Ledger - No; that refers to the Commissioner's witnesses.

Senator McCOLL - To test the feeling of the Committee, I move -

That the word " person " be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " taxpayer."

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