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Monday, 21 March 1927

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - It has been my invariable rule during my ministerial life to oppose the recommittal of a bill ; but, having had to listen to the speech to which Senator Kingsmill has referred, I can well understand his desire to be outside the chamber during its delivery. Therefore, on this occasion, I must depart from my usual practice and afford the honorable senator an opportunity of submitting his proposed new clause. If I had had any doubts regarding the wisdom of doing so, the intimation that Senator Givens has just made would have encouraged me to agree to the recommittal. If the question can be dealt with in the way suggested by Senator Givens, there will be a happy issue to our afflictions.

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