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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) (1:17 AM) . - I want only to point out that this provision is not unalterable. We shall know what the Tariff Board is doing, and the responsible Minister must have regard to the will of Parliament. . A Minister who, on the advice of the Tariff - Board, took such action as would lead to a shortage of shipping, would endanger, not only his own position, but that of his Government. The restraining influence of the Parliament will always be a check on the Ministry. This period may be extended, but cannot be shortened without the approval of Parliament, so that I think the Committee might very well agree to the request.

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