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Friday, 13 August 1920


Mr HIGGS - I ask the representative of the Government whether, with a view to Australia having a more immediate and adequate voice in the direction of the Imperial Defence policy, the Government are prepared to advocate the formation of an Imperial Council of Defence, consisting of representatives from the Parliament of the United Kingdom, together with a representative from each of the self-governing Dominions; the representatives forming this Imperial Council of Defence to be members of Parliament who have been elected on the suffrage of the more popular House of the Parliament of which they arc members; to be appointed by their respective Governments, to hold office during the reign of their Government, but to be eligible for re-appointment; each overseas representative to make himself acquainted, as far as possible, with foreign politics, and to visit the Dominion thathe represents at least once a year; each representative to be granted a pair during his absence from the Parliament of which he is a member?







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