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Wednesday, 2 June 1926

Senator OGDEN (Tasmania) . - Will this extension of powers necessitate the committee going over the work it has already donein the various States? I think there should be a limit to this investigation. I do not think we should involve the Commonwealth in any unnecessary expense. Cannot many of the matters investigated be inquired into in Melbourne ?

Senator Pearce - Yes; but the carrying of this motion will not necessitate the committee going over work it has already done.

SenatorNEEDHAM (Western Australia) [3.8]. - When the select committee was appointed I realized that its scope was not sufficiently large. The subjects listed for investigation seemed to me to be too limited if the committee was to be expected to furnish an effective report. In these circumstances I see no objection to the proposal to extend its functions in the direction desired. It should entail no additional expense, nor require the committee to traverse ground already covered.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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