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Thursday, 5 October 1911

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

That this Bill be now read a second time.

This is one of those machinery measures which have been necessitated by the passing of legislation. Up to the present time all statutory declarations have been made under the State laws, and before State officers. The varying forms of the declarations in the States have been found to be very inconvenient, both to officers and to private individuals. This Bill contains only eight clauses. It authorizes statutory declarations, under Commonwealth Acts; to be made before certain State officers, and empowers the Government of the Commonwealth to appoint Commissioners for Declarations. When this measure is enacted it will be found less difficult, by officers and private persons, to perform any business of this description I do not think it is necessary to refer to the clauses at length, because they can be better considered in Committee. I have not the least doubt that honorable senators will be glad to see this very short measure placed on the statute-book for the convenience both of officers and of the public generally.

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