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Wednesday, 18 August 1920

Mr HIGGS asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether he is prepared to make any statement to the House with regard to the reported startling change in the European situation, and the retort that the Prime Minister of Great Britain has said that " he will not be stampeded into war by the alleged action of France in recognising General Wrangel's antiBolshevik Government in South Russia " ? .

2.   Whether, with a view to Australia having a more immediate and adequate voice in the direction of the Imperial Defence policy, the Government is prepared to advocate the following plan:-

(a)   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 selfgoverning Dominions?

(b)   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 are members; to be appointed by their respective . Governments, to hold office during the life of their Government, but to be eligible for reappointment?

(c)   Each Overseas representative to make himself acquainted as far as possible with foreign politics, and to visit at least once a year the Dominion which he represents?

(d)   Each representative to be granted " a pair " during his absence from the Parliament of which he is a member ?

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