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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr CROUCH (Corangamite) . - I do not propose to discuss, at this stage, the amendment of the resolution. I have already voiced my objection to it in its original form, and I now content myself with again protesting against this further curtailment of full federal powers. The Federal Labour party's platform pledges members of that party to ask for unlimited legislative powers for the Commonwealth, and such delegated powers for the States or provinces as the Commonwealth Parliament may determine from time to time. This motion provides for a further limitation of federal powers. I want the Australian Parliament and people to have full authority in every matter; I would rather have no Statute of Westminster than that we should pass this motion, which is an acknowledgment of a state of inferiority which has ceased to exist.

Mr Paterson - It merely acknowledges existing limitations.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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