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Friday, 19 July 1912

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - I have noticed in the Parliamentary Library bound copies of statutory rules published in connexion with the Commonwealth Acts. Something like 872 statutory rules have been issued during the last six years. These are bound up in volumes and indexed. But the bound copies are not distributed amongst members of Parliament. I do not suggest that they need be bound in calf like the copy in the Library, but they might be put up in cloth bindings and distributed.

Senator de Largie - Would not that be a very expensive matter?

Senator CHATAWAY - I do not think that it would cost the Commonwealth more than £15 a year to carry out my suggestion. The rules are alreadyin type, printed on octavo paper, and can very easily be put in cheap cloth covers and circulated.

Senator Pearce - Does not the honorable senator get enough literature now?

Senator CHATAWAY - These things are very useful. I am making the suggestion in all good faith. Senator Clemons. and Senator Symon have brought the matter up before. I have just come from a meeting of the Printing Committee where we have had a quantity of statutory rules before us, and I have been impressed with the desirableness of having them bound and distributed to honorable senators.

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