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Friday, 28 May 1926


Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister of Home and Territories) - I had a busy day yesterday, and I may have forgotten some things that happened; but I rubbed my eyes this morning when I saw in the press that I had received yesterday a deputation representing a Chinese nationalist organization in Australia. I have no recollection of having received it. A little while ago, I -was asked by the Consul-General of China to receive a deputation of representative Chinese from Sydney. I acceded to his request, and the deputation waited on me about a week ago. Subsequently I was asked from another quarter if I would receive a deputation from another section of Chinese; but I replied that, having already received a deputation at the request of the Consul-General, I could not undertake to receive deputations from representatives of other sections of Chinese. So far as I am aware, I did not receive a deputation of Chinese yesterday.

PAPERS.

The following papers were presented : -

Export Guarantee Act - Return showing Reports, Recommendations, and Assistance granted, up to 31st March, 1926.

Grafton-Kyogle to South Brisbane Railway - Agreements regarding construction -

Between the Commonwealth of Australia Railway Council and the State of Queensland.

Between the Commonwealth of Australia Railway Council and the State of New South Wales.

Public Service Acts - Appointments -

Department of Works and RailwaysR. Fraser.

Home and Territories DepartmentA. L. Kennedy.

CUSTOMS TARIFF BILL.

Second Reading.

Debate resumed from 27th May (vide page 2370), on motion by Senator Crawford-

That the bill be now read a second time.







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