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Wednesday, 16 November 1927

Senator FINDLEY (VICTORIA) - In the Senate last Friday the Leader of the Government in the Senate was asked whether the Senate would have a further opportunity to consider and discuss the proposed sale of the Australian Commonwealth Line of Steamers, and in reply he said "Yes." . In another place, however, when the Prime Minister was asked a similar question bis reply was that as the motion of want of confidence had dealt with the whole question, no further opportunity would he given to the House of Representatives to discuss the proposed sale of the Line. I should like to know how the Leader of the Government in the Senate canreconcile his reply with that given by t he Prime Minister, and which reply we are to take as our guide in this all important matter?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - In answering this question one must first of all decide whether Senator Findley has correctly stated the reply given by the

Prime Minister. As I have not seen the Prime Minister's reply I am not in a position to judge, but, of course, if there is any difference between it and the reply given by me, as it is the Prime Minister who announces the policy of the Government, his statement binds the Government.

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