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Wednesday, 23 November 1960

Mr CREAN (Melbourne Ports) .- I regard this matter as of some consequence. lt may be that the issue arises because of some gap in the Standing Orders of this Parliament relevant to a section of the Constitution. Section 53 of the Commonwealth Constitution provides that the Senate may not amend proposed laws imposing taxation, or proposed laws appropriating revenue or moneys for the ordinary annual services of the Government. I remind the House that, on page 51 of the copy of the Commonwealth Constitution I hold in my hand, section 53 appears under the heading " Money Bills " in the index.

Mr. SPEAKER (Hon. John McLeay).Order!I think the honorable member is aware that on a motion for the adoption of a resolution discussion is confined to the recommendation made by the chairman.

Mr CREAN - What I wish to refer to is the basis on which this recommendation is made, and the powers of the two Houses. I direct your attention, Mr. Speaker, to the bible on parliamentary procedure - the sixteenth edition of Sir Erskine May's " Parliamentary Practice ", which is to be found on the table of this House. On page 817, under the heading " Money Bills ", will be found reference to the provisions of the Parliament Act of Great Britain, which contains a definition of a money bill. It reads as follows: -

A money bill means a public bill which in the opinion of the Speaker of the House of Commons contains-

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