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Friday, 23 July 1926

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) by leave.- I move -

1.   That notwithstanding the resolution agreed to 'by the Senate on the 4th March, 1926, at any meeting of the Joint Committee on Electoral Law and Procedure, one member of the Senate sitting with three other members of the committee shall constitute a quorum provided that in such quorum both Houses shall be represented.

2.   That the above resolution be communicated to the House of Representatives by message.

I am informed by the Chairman of the Joint Committee that it is anxious to have this resolution agreed to so that a portion of the committee may visit Queensland for the purpose of taking evidence. As I understand only one senator on the committee is in a position to make the trip, it will be impossible for this to be done unless an alteration is made to the quorum, which requires an equal number of members of both Houses. The portion of the committee which will visit Queensland will not be empowered to make a report; it will simply take evidence.

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