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Thursday, 3 March 1927

Senator CRAWFORD (QueenslandHonorary Minister) . - I move -

That all words after "That" be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following words : -

1.   a joint committee be appointed to inquire into and report upon the moving-picture industry in Australia:

2.   three senators bo appointed to serveon such committee ;

3.   the committee have power to send for persons, papers, and records, to move from place to place, and sit during any adjournment of the Parliament;

4.   a message be sent to the House of Representatives requesting its concurrence, and asking that four members of the House of Representatives be appointed to serve upon the said committee.

The Government is of the opinion that the case can better be met by the appointment of a select committee of both Houses than by the appointment of a royal commission. A select committee will have practically all the powers of a royal commission, and will have authority to sit during any adjournment of the Parliament.

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