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Friday, 29 October 1920

Mr McWILLIAMS - In the first place, it mustobtain the consent of the House to meet while the House is sitting, and must also secure permission from the House if it desires to make inquiries in the several States. The greater part of this inquiry willundoubtedly take place in New South Wales, and, that being so, the proposed Select Committee will be far more hampered in its operations than a Royal Commission would be. A Royal Commission would be bound by the terms of its com mission, and could not go outside them. As one who has sat on various Select Committees and Royal Commissions, I unhesitatingly say that, in order that this matter may be thoroughly investigated, it is absolutely essential that the Committee of inquiry should have the powers of a Royal Commission. If the Government will not accept that view-

Mr Hughes - I do not accept it.

Mr McWILLIAMS - Then I move-

That the words " the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words "Royal Commission consisting of members of this House."

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