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Tuesday, 15 March 1927

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The Government has not received such a report; an annual report is not yet due. It has, however, had a number of reports concerning various proposals submitted by the State Governments.

Senator FINDLEY - Are we to understand, from the Minister's reply, that Parliament is not to be furnished with any report from the commission other than the annual report. Since the commission has been in existence for over six months, is it not time that we had something more definite from the Minister than an intimation that the commission has been in touch with the States?

Senator PEARCE - If the honorable senator will examine the act which sets out the functions of the commission, he will find there is no necessity for that body to furnish to Parliament ordinary business reports concerning projects that may be submitted to it by the State Governments. If an honorable seantor is interested in any particular report presented, and makes a request for it, his request will be considered.

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