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Tuesday, 7 September 1920

Mr HUGHES - It is not the practice to answer hypothetical questions, or to announce the policy of the Government in regard to hypothetical positions. I may point out, however, that as this is a question affecting the interpretation of the Constitution, an appeal to the Privy Council will lie only by leave of the High Court. If an application for leave to appeal is made, and is granted, the Commonwealth Government will, of course, consider their position. Speaking broadly, the Government will most jealously guard and protect all the powers of the Commonwealth, and will always endeavour to uphold the most liberal interpretation of the Constitution in regard to those powers.

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