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Thursday, 15 August 1912

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) - - The proposed section provides that a witness must be in attendance day by day until he is finally told by the Chairman that he need not come any more. With the desire of improving the Bill, I ask the Minister to insert the words " unless excused, or " before the word " until." If this amendment be made, the Chairman of a Commission may say to a man, " I will excuse you from attending for two or three days, as you will not be wanted." But as the provision stands, he will only have the option of releasing the man when he is finished with him, though, obviously, a week or a fortnight may elapse before the witness is wanted. I hope that the Minister will accept my suggestion ; but if it is not acceptable to him, I shall not press it.

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