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Wednesday, 28 July 1920

Mr MAKIN (Hindmarsh) :- The amendment is a wise provision to retain parliamentary control. Instead of a true Democracy we have been subjected, during recent years, to a system of bureaucratic control in regard to expenditure of public, money, and the provision now sought to be inserted in the clause will give the people an opportunity, through their representatives in this Parliament, of expressing an opinion concerning the directorship and staffing of this particular institution. I agree that scientific methods are essential for the proper development of this great country, but it is very desirable, in my opinion, to include the safeguard suggested by the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Ryan). The amendment will relieve the Government of a responsibility which should properly be shouldered by the representatives of the people.

Mr Gabb - I draw attention to the state of the Committee. [Quorum formed.]

Mr Ryan - I hope the Minister will do us the courtesy of expressing an opinion on the amendment.

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