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Tuesday, 13 October 1931

Mr PATERSON (Gippsland) .- It seems to me that, clause 2 is sufficiently wide to cover all that is required. It reads as follows : -

As soon as conveniently practicable after the commencement, of this -session and thereafter at the commencement of the first session of every parliament, a joint committee of seven members of Parliament to be called the Joint Committee of Public Accounts shall be appointed.

Surely that could be construed to mean that it would not be conveniently practicable to appoint a new committee while the present committee is engaged in an inquiry. It would be rather unfortunate to interfere with the committee before it has completed its investigation.

Clause agreed to.

Motion (by Mr. Scullin) agreed to -

That the following new clause be inserted: - 1 a. This act shall commence upon a date to be fixed by proclamation.

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