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Thursday, 27 May 1926

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Home and Territories) . - Possibly I was wrong when I said that this was a consequential amendment. It is not anticipated that immediately the commission is appointed it will proceed to float a loan. The Federal Capital Commission has the same power, but public borrowing is regulated by the Loan Council, and the Commonwealth could not, without departing from an arrangement with the States, raise money by loan on a given date. Accordingly, the Treasurer has been financing the Federal Capital Commission's activities out of the Treasurer's Advance.

Probably the same course will be followed with respect to the Northern Territory Commission.' Since money to the credit of the Treasurer's Advance cannot be regarded as having been made " legally available " for Northern Territory purposes, it is desirable to accept the amendment from another place.

Motion agreed to.

Consequential amendments in clause 31 agreed to.

Clause 49-

(3)   For the purposes of the election of the members of the Advisory Council, Central Australia shall be regarded as one district, returning three members.

House of Representatives' Amendment. -Leave out " three ", insert " two ".

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