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Friday, 24 August 1923


Mr W M HUGHES - Exactly. Does the Prime Minister appreciate the need for fuller knowledge of the territories? If so, will he withdraw the limitation upon the number of honorable members who may make the trip?

Mr BRUCE - The point raised by the right honorable member is fully appreciated by the Government. There is no limitation upon the number of honorable members who may go to the territories and obtain all the first-hand information they desire. But with regard to the particular party for which special arrangements are being made, it is considered that if it were too large its object would probably be defeated. Certain facilities must be placed at the disposal of the visitors in order that they may gain some knowledge of the territories, and if the party were over-large it would not be possible for its investigations to be as complete as they otherwise would be. For that reason, it was proposed that the number of honorable members should be limited to nine, but up to the present time we have not been able to find even that number who are prepared to leave on the proposed date.

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