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Wednesday, 24 June 1914

I have submitted to my Advisers the Address which you, acting on behalf of the Senate of the Commonwealth, presented to me yesterday. I am advised by them that the request therein contained for publication of the reasons given to mo in support of the advice tendered by the Prime Minister, on which J decided to dissolve simultaneously both Houses of Parliament, and of all correspondence relating thereto, is one the compliance with which would not only be contrary to the usual practice, but would involve a breach of the confidential relations which should always exist in this as in all other matters between the representative of the Crown and his Constitutional Ministers.

I am advised further that to accede to the request contained in your Address would imply a recognition of a right in the Senate to make the Ministers of State for the Commonwealth directly responsible to that Chamber for ad- . vice tendered to the Governor-General in relation to the exercise of an Executive power vested in him by the terms of the Constitution, and that such a recognition would not be in accordance with the accepted principles of responsible government.

Without, however, conceding the existence of any Constitutional obligation to reply to the request contained in your Address, I desire to add for your information, and with the concurrence of my Ministers, that the grounds on which I decided to dissolve both Houses of Parliament simultaneously appear from the communication already made by the Prime Minister with my permission and by my authority to the House of Representatives.

R.   M. FERGUSON,







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