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Tuesday, 8 November 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I move -

That this Bill be now read a second time.

I have no desire this evening to do more than move the second reading, unless an honorable senator is prepared to continue the debate. No doubt every honorable senator has a vivid recollection of the passage of the Bill out of which this measure has arisen.

Senator St Ledger - We have.

Senator McGREGOR - We all recollect, how high the temperature rose on some occasions, and how thoroughly the whole question was gone into. Consequently, there is no occasion to refer to the taking over of the Northern Territory by the Commonwealth. We have passed the legislation requisite to that end, but before the issue of the proclamation it is necessary to provide for the administration of the Territory under the Commonwealth, and consequently this Bill is introduced. Ultimately a Constitution will have to be granted to the Territory. It is impossible to do so this session, and very probably during next session the time may be so profitably occupied that nothing of the kind can be attempted. In the meantime we musthave some kind of government, and, therefore, , we have brought forward this measure providing for the temporary administration of tbe Territory. It was merely for the purpose of advancing it a stage that I asked for leave to move its second reading tonight.

Debate (on motion by Senator Millen) adjourned.

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