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Thursday, 15 July 1915


Senator BAKHAP (Tasmania) . - I intend, at this stage to deal only with . certain matters that have not been very particularly touched upon. I have been waiting for some announcement from, the Administration of their intention to- sub-' stantially repair the breach effected in the hull of the ship of State by the High Court decision in the Wheat Acquisition case. I ventured the opinion that not one of these proposals would affect the position in the slightest, and I find in the speech of so able a man as Senator Keating a complete indorsement of my statements. Last night, perhaps without authority, I used the name of Mr. Glynn in support of my contentions. Happily, I am able to say that to-day Mr. Glynn empowered me to use his name, and stated that his opinion went absolutely to- affirm the ideas which I, as a layman, hold.


Senator Russell - Have you read all his statements in regard to the Constitution?


Senator BAKHAP - I know he- is a barrister who is a constitutional authority, and has given, and is giving, a great deal of attention to the question of constitutional amendments.


Senator Russell - He said that, out of twenty-five trusts in Australia, the Commonwealth Parliament had power to deal only with three;


Senator BAKHAP - That has nothing to do with this point. Mr. Glynn is a man to whom a judgeship would hot be too great a gift, and he has expressed today the opinion that not one of these measures, will remedy the. serious position set up by the High Court in the Wheat case


Senator Blakey - Did this take place in the corridor ?


Senator BAKHAP - No; in the Parliamentary Library.







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