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Wednesday, 16 September 1936

Senator E B JOHNSTON - Yes; there is provision for the payment of the salaries of officials. The paragraph reads -

Lieutenant Henry Bull whose name it has been suggested should be obliterated from the map by the re-naming of Bullsbrook was described by a writer of 1835 among the most valuable settlers of the young colony. In association with Mr. Leake, a Fremantle merchant and an extensive landlord, he worked a farm, a dairy and a horse mill at Upper Swan with remarkable success.

The PRESIDENT - I cannot permit the honorable senator to deal with the subject from an historical viewpoint. If he were permitted to do so a discussion irrelevant to the bill might develop, and unduly delay the work of the Senate.

Senator Collings - What is the real grievance?

Senator E B JOHNSTON - The name of the township of Bullsbrook is to be altered by the Federal Government contrary to the wishes of the State Government and the local authority.

SenatorFoll. -Irisetoapointof order. I have perused the schedule and I cannot find that any appropriation is proposedin connexion with the work to which the honorable senator is referring.

The PRESIDENT - If money is expressly provided for the aerodrome mentioned, the honorable senator will be in order in referring, say, to the suitability of the site. Is any money being appropriated under the schedule for the aerodrome mentioned?

Senator E B JOHNSTON - Yes; under the Department of Defence, there is an item covering the salaries of the officials in the permanent air force.

The PRESIDENT - If the name of the aerodrome is specifically mentioned, the honorable senator will be in order in dealing with the subject under the appropriation for air services.

Senator E B JOHNSTON - Lieutenant Henry Bull was in the navy and had some farming experience in Bedfordshire.

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator must not go into details of that nature. If he were permitted to do so similar latitude would have to be extended to other honorable senators.

Senator E B JOHNSTON - The name of this pioneer is to be found on the original maps of this portion of Western Australia, and Bullsbrook was named after him over a century ago.

The PRESIDENT - Does the honorable senator intend to obey the direction of the Chair?

Senator E B JOHNSTON - Yes. If I am not permitted to deal with the subject at this juncture, I shall merely express the hope that the name of the township of Bullsbrook will not be altered without the consent of the State Government.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 to 4 agreed to.


The Parliament.

Proposed vote,£17,680.

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