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Wednesday, 23 March 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I was not at all convinced by the speech of Senator Pearce; it no more elucidated the position than did that of his colleague (Senator Crawford) . We have been told that the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. A. Green) and those who are controllng the industry, desire this legislation. The Minister forgot to tell us that, irrespective of the number of boats the pearlers own, they will have a vote as to whether or not the bill shall become operative. In that respect I have no objection. There is no doubt about the acceptance of this bill by the people engaged in the industry; they will vote for it because they have insisted on its introduction. But if they express their acceptance of it by voting in a certain way, which is entirely democratic, why cannot the same system be adopted for the electon of the board of control ?

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