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Thursday, 15 July 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) (2:13 AM) . - A little while ago the Minister told us that the Government did not consider itself capable of carrying on development and migration, and would need the assistance of - experts. With that object in view, it has brought in a bill to provide for the appointment of a commission. Now we find that the commission itself is to be given power to call in the assistance of experts.

Senator H Hays - That is quite right.

Senator NEEDHAM - Yes;, but where is it to end? It brings us back to the original position. The Government itself could have obtained the advice of experts without the appointment of a commission which evidently will not have sufficient' ability to grapple with all the ramifications of migration and development, because it is expected to require the services of experts. I wonder whether the experts themselves when they are appointed will need to seek for other advice to assist them in advising the commission, so that the commission may advise the government.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 17 to 19 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Senate adjourned at 2.17 a.m. (Friday).

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