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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator W RUSSELL (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - I indorse the attitude taken up by the Honorary Minister, and appreciate his statement in reference to remarks made by members of the Opposition. I have lived in the back-blocks for years, and have mingled freely with people who live great distances apart; but I have never gone to a place where pen, ink, and paper could not be obtained. Even people in the back-blocks get newspapers, and the few who have not a pen and ink have pencils. They take an interest in what is going on in the world, and rarely have any difficulty in getting a justice of the peace to witness a statutory declaration.

Senator Sayers - That may be the case in South Australia.

SenatorW. RUSSELL.- I did not think that Queensland was so far behind South Australia in reference to matters of this kind. There appears to be an attempt on the part of the Opposition, I will not say to " stone-wall " the Bill, but to water down these provisions. In my opinion, very little hardship will be inflicted upon the class of people to whom I originally belonged. The Government are acting fairly, and the amendments proposed this afternoon by Senator Findley are liberal in the extreme.

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