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Wednesday, 23 June 1926

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of Executive Council) . - This amendment, like the last, has some merit in it, but it is only one of a series that could be submitted if we were amending the principal act in detail. Since we are not doing that, I ask the honorable senator not to press it. It is under consideration, and it will be further considered when it has been decided whether we are to have extended powers or whether we shall have to be content with existing powers in the Constitution. About a dozen similar amendments could be brought forward bythe Government. They have been considered, but the Government thinks it inadvisable to insert them in this measure.

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