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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr SPEAKER (Hon W Elliot Johnson - I can only point out once more that that would revive the whole trouble, and would altogether set aside the longesta!blished procedure of this House. We are bound by our own procedure, and, unless, there is any grave reason for bringing about an alteration, we should continue to f ollow that procedure. The question of whether an address shall be presented is one for the House, not the Speaker, to determine. The practice hitherto has been for the. head of the Government in this Chamber to move for the adoption of an address, and for the senior representative of the Government in the other Chamber to move similarly there. The initiative rests with the Government, and the decision rests with the House.

Question resolved in the affirmative

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