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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr FOWLER (Perth) . - I would submit that the clause remain as printed. You, Mr. Fleming, as Temporary Chairman of Committees, have no part in our deliberations, and therefore do not exercise a deliberative vote. But the chairman of a Committee of this kind very properly takes part in its deliberations, and as a necessary consequence I think should exercise a deliberative vote. In the Committee to which the Bill refers, I may say, from my own experience, party predilections are very largely set aside when members proceed with their work. There is, therefore, no reason why the Chairman of the Committee should not exercise a vote which ordinarily might be of some little value to it3 deliberations. Hitherto the practice has been for the Chairman of a Committee of this kind to have a deliberative, and, if necessary, a casting vote. I submit that no ' justification has arisen for any change.

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