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Friday, 8 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - The reason given by the Minister as to why Papua is left out pf this. clause strikes me as rather amusing. He says that it is because Papua has some measure of local government, and we should not therefore attempt by Federal legislation to direct the action of the Papuan authorities in connexion with their Public Service. The Minister surely overlooks the fact that he is a member of a party which sought to apply this legislation to the public servants of a fully equipped State. In the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill originally introduced, they sought to bring the public servants of the several States within the jurisdiction of the Federal Arbitration Court. They had no hesitation about it then. At that time, none of the finer feelings disturbed the inner consciousness of the Vice-President of the Executive Council. It is only now that he is. afflicted with these little conscientious spasms. I ask him not to impose on the good nature of the Committee too much, by asking us to regard an argument of that kind with any seriousness.

Amendment (by Senator Walker) proposed -

That after the word " Government" the words " and of Papua " be inserted.

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