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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - The Opposition regard the proposed new sub-clauses as a palliation of what we thought to be a too rigid and improper method of procedure embodied in proposed new section61e. The principle of that provision is, in our opinion, wholly to be condemned. Under no circumstances would the Opposition have agreed to accept proposed new section61e even with this amendment if it could have been avoided. But if the Government will insist on this drastic procedure for enforcing compulsory enrolment, the next best thing for us to do is to accept the amendment proposed by the Minister. I may add, on my own behalf, that I regard the method of procedure followed by the Bill as a kind of third-degree business. Senator Keating has succeeded in lifting it into the second degree. As the amendment is a palliative, we accept it as a welcome modification of the original third-degree proceedings.

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