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Thursday, 24 March 1927

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice President of the Executive Council) . - As a short bill of a very urgent character has unfortunately been overlooked, and it is essential that it should be passed before the Senate adjourns, it is necessary for me -to move for the suspension of the Standing and Sessional Orders to enable the measure to be introduced and passed to-day. I move -

That so much of the Standing and Sessional Orders bo suspended as would prevent the introduction and passage , th rough all stages without delay of a bill for an act to amend section 124 of the Defence Act 1903-18.

The urgency of this matter is occasioned by the fact that we find that we have not the power which we thought we Dossessed under the Defence Act to safeguard our coastal defences by preventing, by regulation the erection of buildings in the arc of fire. In the interests of the defence of the Commonwealth I ask the Senate to agree to the motion, so that we may pass the bill without delay.

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