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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) (2:14 AM) . - I do not think that the proposed standing committee will work out exactly as the joint committee thinks it will. I express again my belief that ministerial authority is the best way of dealing with these things. Our experience in this Parliament, especially in the last twelve months, of the manner in which parliamentary committees function, has not been altogether happy. I have no doubt that the standing committee will be set up, but, when its history comes to be written three or four years hence, its achievements will be simply described by one big question mark. We shall have, not only a PostmasterGeneral, but also the commission, the standing committee, and an advisory committee in each State. I fear that the boat will be overloaded.

Mr Calwell - They have a somewhat similar arrangement in the United States of America.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - -If we had copied less of our Constitution from the United States of America than we did we should probably have avoided some of the troubles which are worrying us today. I do not turn to the United States of America for an example whenever I want one.

Mr Calwell - The committee system works admirably there.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - So does the Tammany Hall system. I protest against the establishment of a parliamentary standing committee. I have very grave doubts whether the scheme will bear the fruit that its sponsors expect.

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