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Wednesday, 18 August 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) . - I beg of honorable members to allow this Bill to see daylight. In reply to the remarks made by the mover of the amendment, I say that it is for the purpose of carrying out the very objects he has enunciated that the Bill is being; introduced. How can we guarantee the White Australia policy in the islands unless we accept the mandate, the terms and principles of which are fixed by the Peace Treaty?How can we do anything to safeguard the islands unless the civil machinery of government is set up there ?

Mr Ryan - Then there should be no objection to the amendment.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - There is nothing in the motion which will shut out the amendment at the proper time, which will be when the second reading is reached, and the principles of the Bill are open to discussion.

Mr Ryan - Will the right honorable gentleman explain how that amendment can be moved on the motion for the second reading ?

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Anything which is relevant to the objectives of the Bill may be dealt with at the second-reading stage. Moreover, the amendment can be dealt with when the Bill is in Committee. Will the honorable member for Gwydir (Mr. Cunningham) be satisfied with my assurance that if the Standing Orders prevent the raising of the proposition which is contained in the amendment, an opportunity will be found for the matter to be discussed ? I therefore suggest to the honorable member that he allow the Bill to pass now. See the Bill, and if in its provisions honorable members see any danger to the White Australia policy, there will be ample opportunity for them to raise the question at subsequent stages of the measure.

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