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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr BRUCE (Flinders) (Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) . - Some weeks ago this House appointed a Select Committee, to inquire into the operation of the Navigation Act. It has since been considered desirable that such Committee should be converted into a Royal Commission, which will have greater powers, and receive more publicity. I think honorable members will agree that a Royal Commission offers the best prospect of a thorough investigation of this very important question. The personnel of the Royal Commission will be: - Mr. J. H. Prowse (Chairman), Senator Duncan, Senator Elliott, Senator McHugh, Mr. F. Anstey, Mr. G. E. Yates, and Mr. A. C. Seabrook.

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