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Thursday, 2 September 1920

Mr HUGHES (Bendigo) (Prime Minister and Attorney-General) . - I move -

That leave be given to bring in a Bill for an act to approve the agreement made betweenHis Majesty's Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and Basil Lathrop Murray, of Perth, in the State of Western Australia, managing director of the Westralian Farmers Limited, and for other purposes.

Mr Tudor - It is quite unusual to introduce a Bill to authorize an agreement with a private person. Perhaps the right honorable gentleman will explain what is the nature of the Bill.

Mr HUGHES - This is not an agreement with a private person merely because we are concerned in it. I could not explain the measure in half-an-hour. Honorable members had better wait to see the Bill. It will not be brought on for consideration for a fortnight or three weeks. It deals with the question of bulk handling in Western Australia.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill presented (by Mr. Hughes), and read a first time.

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