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Wednesday, 12 May 1920

Mr SPEAKER - I knew nothing of the matter to which the honorable member refers until I saw the paragraph in a morning newspaper, but I have since had an interview with the President concerning it, from which I have learned that some proposal of the kind referred to is in contemplation.

I wish to say that neither the Presiding Officer ofthe other Chamber nor any other authority, except the Speaker of this Chamber, can act as the mouth-piece of this House. No other authority can claim to speak on behalf of this branch of the Legislature.

The procedure followed in the presentation of addresses to the King or his representative has been that each House has, on motion, adopted the address, which has then been presented to the representative of the Crown by the Presiding Officer of each House respectively. The last occasion on which Parliament presented an address to the Crown was after the capitulation of Germany andthe virtual termination of the war, when each House adopted an address of congratulation to His Majesty the King, and the addresses wore presented by the Presiding Officers of the respective Chambers, namely, by the President for the Senate, and by me, as Speaker, for this House, on ground common to both Houses; on that occasion it was on the steps in front to this building. On all other occasions when addresses have been presented to the King's representative, they have been presented, so far as I can learn, by the Presiding Officer of each Chamber on behalf of the branch of the Legislature over which he presides. The Speaker is the official medium of communication between the House of Representatives and the Crown.

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