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Friday, 17 November 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I should like to know whether the Government are favourably disposed towards the amendment, because I admit at once that its adoption would modify the objections which have been urged to the clause by honorable senators upon this side of. the chamber. When I asked Senator 0' Keefe what was the Ministerial attitude towards it, he replied that he thought the Government would accept it. I wish to know whether that is so?

Senator Findley - Yes.

Senator MILLEN - I am glad to hear, that, because it will remove very largely the main objection which I had to the provision. But just in proportion as it does that, it is an admission of the soundness of our contention that there is an evil in having a variable form of nomination-paper. However, I am only too pleased that as the result of our morning's work, we have eliminated the objectionable feature of the proposal which the Government asks us to adopt.

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