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Monday, 21 March 1927

Senator KINGSMILL (Western Australia) . - I intend to take two sporting chances, the chance of the amendment getting through the Senate, and the more serious chance of its not being sent back to us by the House of Representatives because we have exceeded our powers by seeking to amend a money bill. I have the liveliest as well as a pleasant recollection of the meeting to which Senator Pearce has alluded, because I was there, and I have the keenest recollection of the words he spoke, and the way in which they were received. I also fully indorse the action of the Wester n Australian Government in refusing to hand over to the tender cares of the Commonwealth the strip of country between the 20th and 26th parallels of south latitude. That, by the way, has not very much to do with the amendment, but I simply rose to say that I shall take these two sporting chances. If the State of Western Australia is dependent on the extra money, I should advise it to sell its chance if it can find a buyer. I intend to support the amendment for the reasons I have stated. As a matter- of fact I do not suppose the honorable senator who moved it had any idea that the Government would accept it, and if he did he had uo reason to believe that the Senate would pass it.

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