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Wednesday, 14 December 1927

Mr GREENE (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I do not intend to oppose the amendment, although I think the Government would have been much better advised if it had withdrawn the bill when the difficulty arose, and recast the whole measure, which in its present form is of a most contradictory character. In the first place, the bill provided for the appointment of a board of commissioners, and that board is now like Mahomet's coffin, suspended between heaven and earth. We are now asked to support an amendment which provides that effect shall not be given to the legislationwe had passed until both Houses of Parliament approve. It would have been much better to have withdrawn all reference to the board of commissioners from the bill, and left the control in the hands of the directors. In this instance we are passing a measure containing a direct negative. Mistakes will occur at all times. This is generally recognized as a very silly blunder. It is almost unpardonable under the circumstances. This is one of the most extraordinary arrangements that has ever been made in connexion with any legislation; it is unprecedented throughout the world.

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