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Wednesday, 7 December 1938

Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (12:54 PM) . - It is fortunate that I refused to go on with this bill last night because it is conceivable that it could have gone from this chamber to the Senate without the Governor-General's message having been before the committee. I do not think that that would have had a fatal effect on the bill because the appropriation message could have been considered here before the bill was finally passed. That may or may not have been in compliance with the Constitution, but it would have been a wrong practice. Appropriation messages should be produced in this chamber before bills with which they are associated go from us to another place.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported ; resolution - by leave - adopted .

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