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Wednesday, 25 November 1931

Mr SCULLIN - The Parliament of Western Australia adopted a resolution in opposition to the proposed Statute of Westminster, and the Commonwealth Government's first knowledge of it was a communication from the United Kingdom stating that it had been conveyed tothe British Government. We thought that at least we might have been communicated with simultaneously with the Imperial Government. The Commonwealth Government communicated with all the State Governments, examined their objections, and gave assurances that there was no desire to encroach in any way on the constitutional rights of the States. To make assurance doubly sure, a supplementary motion to that effect was submitted to this Parliament and adopted. The Government of Great Britain is apparently satisfied, for it has introduced a bill in the terms of the proposed statute. The Commonwealth Government has no intention to make further representations to the British Government other than to urge the passage of the bill through the Imperial Parliament.

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