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Friday, 20 July 1917

Mr FINLAYSON (Brisbane) . - I have pointed out already that, under sub-clause 2 of this -clause, the Commonwealth representative will have such powers vested in him that it will be almost unnecessary for other members of the Commission to meet him in consultation. It is provided that, if the representative of the Commonwealth certifies it is undesirable that any proposal shall be proceeded with, the matter will end there.

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Your leader asked for Federal control, and now you have got it. Mr. Hughes. - It may be that this clause is worded a little stridently, but, nevertheless, we must all' agree that, as we advance the money, we must determine how it is to be spent.

Mr FINLAYSON - I quite agree with that view ; but is it likely that responsible gentlemen who will constitute this Commission will consult with the representative of the Commonwealth if the latter has such reserve power ? .No .matter what decision the other members of the Commission may arrive at, the chairman might say "Yes" or "No," and his decision would be final.

Mr. -Hughes.- I am quite willing to alter the verbiage of this clause when the Bill gets into another place; but the fact remains that we must exercise the right of veto. This has been agreed upon with the States, but if the verbiage is not quite satisfactory, we will alter it in another place.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 7-

Subject to this Act, the Commission may -

(c)   arrange with the Governments of the respective States for the construction and erection, of silos by, or under the supervision of, the proper authorities of those States.

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