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Thursday, 15 July 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) (2:10 AM) . - This clause provides - (1.) Subject to the next succeeding sub section, the Commonwealth shall not approve of any undertaking or scheme proposed by a State under the principal Migration Agreement or any supplementary Migration Agreement which has not been recommended by the commission for approval. (2.) The Commonwealth may approve of any such undertaking or scheme if each House of the Parliament -by resolution approves of the undertaking or scheme.

I ask the Minister to explain what method will be adopted, if the commission has refused to approve of any undertaking or scheme, in order to secure the carrying of a resolution in both Houses of Parliament to approve of the 'undertaking or scheme.

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia - Vice-President of the Executive Council) (2.11 a.m.]. - This provision is to meet a case where the commission has reported against an undertaking or scheme proposed by a State and where it is the opinion of the Government after full consideration that it should be proceeded with. The commission is not the absolute master of the situation, and

Parliament is not deprived of its power. The Government or a member in either House can move a motion that the scheme be proceeded with, and if both Houses carry the motion it will be an authorization to proceed with the scheme. The object of the clause is to retain the supremacy of Parliament. Clause agreed to.

Clause 15 (Appointment of officers).

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